Levee breaches due to Harvey at Houston suburb forcing evacuation

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He said that a mandatory evacuation order was issued Sunday.

Two other Houston reservoirs are overflowing, despite a controlled water release that aimed to prevent flooding downtown.

More than 30 inches of rain has fallen in some areas of Houston after Tropical Storm Harvey parked over the area.

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.

City officials have made a formal request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for more supplies for an additional 10,000 people, which it is hoped will arrive no later than Wednesday, the mayor said. The Army Corps of Engineers has released water from both reservoirs, but the amount of water entering exceeds the amount being released, causing floodwaters to overflow the spillways.

One Houston woman said Monday that she presumes six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston.

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According to CBS Houston, the levee in question is protecting residents from flood surge near the Brazos River near Sweeny, Texas.

The difficulty of controlling the release is "something we've never seen before", flood control official Jeff Lindner told reporters.

Floodwaters have breached a levee south of the city of Houston, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to leave the area immediately.

Officials in Houston were also keeping an eye on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and pipelines that are in the path of the floodwaters.

Among the worries is debris coming down the river and crashing into structures and the possibility that pipelines in the riverbed will be scoured by swift currents. A weather station southeast of Houston reported 49.32 inches (1.25 meters) of rain.

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