Major Texas levee breached; residents urged to ‘get out now’

HOUSTON (KABC) —

As rainfall continued to pour from the Harvey storm, a major levee breached Tuesday, and Texas officials told residents to “get out now.”

Columbia Lakes residents in Brazoria County were evacuating immediately, following orders from county officials.

Heavy rain from Harvey is expected to worsen the flooding in Texas and parts of Louisiana, leaving officials worried that the worst is yet to come.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to make a slow turn northeast and could dump another 10 to 20 inches of rain over the next two days.

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. Mary’s Creek at Winding Road recorded 49.20 inches, compared to a previous record of 48 inches.

Seven people were confirmed dead in Texas amid the “epic and catastrophic” flooding left behind in the southeast part of the state from Hurricane Harvey.

On Monday evening, Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed three deaths in Houston.

Four other storm-related deaths occurred in La Marque, Montgomery County, East Montgomery County and the coastal city of Rockport.

Crews on the ground, however, were preparing for the grim reality that fatalities may soar once the floodwaters recede.

Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, has been inundated with flooding as result of Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and lingered as a tropical storm over the weekend.

The National Weather Service deemed the deadly flooding, which forced evacuations and wiped out homes, “epic and catastrophic.”

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated the entire Texas National Guard. The total number of guardsmen available to the state is roughly 12,000, and all of them will be used in support of recovery efforts in southeast Texas, according to Abbott.

In Houston, the largest shelter at the convention center has a capacity of 5,000 people, but as of Tuesday morning, it was housing more than 9,000 evacuees.

President Donald Trump left the White House Tuesday morning to tour the storm-damaged areas in Texas. He was expected to touch down in Corpus Christi at about 8:30 a.m. PST.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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