Area Levee Breaks, Residents Urged To Evacuate Immediately

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At about 8:30 a.m. PST, the National Weather Service in Houston announced that the record for total rainfall from a tropical system was broken.

"Get out Now!" Brazoria County officials told residents, after water from the Brazos River broke over the levee at Columbia Lakes.

Two Houston reservoirs are overflowing, despite a controlled water release that tried to prevent flooding downtown. Officials say that so far, over 3,500 people have been rescued.

The Army Corps of Engineers began to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs before 2am Monday - ahead of schedule - because water levels were increasing dramatically at a rate of more than six inches per hour, corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.

At least one person already made the California/Texas connection.

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The death toll from Harvey reaches 15 as President Trump and first lady Melania visit the disaster stricken state of Texas. GET OUT NOW!" CNN's John Berman broke the news mid-broadcast, noting that "portions of that county have been under a mandatory evacuation for a couple of days now.

Rescuers are still plucking people from vantage points around the city's submerged neighborhoods.

Almost 6,000 inmates displaced by flooding have been moved from prisons in the Houston area to other facilities in south and east Texas, according to the state Department of Criminal Justice.

Mr Turner has inisisted that a mass evacuation of millions of people by vehicle was a greater risk than enduring the storm.

"We've got a lot of low-lying areas that are experiencing flooding", Trower said.

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