Officials after levee breaches in Texas: 'Get out now!'

Officials after levee breaches in Texas: 'Get out now!'

Officials after levee breaches in Texas: 'Get out now!'

Donald Trump has vowed to provide "every asset" under his command to help out individuals affected by tropical storm Harvey.

Brazoria County officials confirmed the levee has breached in the Columbia Lakes area of their County, along the Brazos River.

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

"The 14 reported dead include a family of six who were lost when their van sunk after crossing a bridge and hitting high water", Harris County sheriff's office said. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said police had rescued more than 3,000, while the Coast Guard said it also had also rescued 3,000 by boat and air.

Headed east, the storm was due to dump more heavy rain across both states, worsening the "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding situation, before making landfall again Wednesday morning, near the Texas-Louisiana border, according to the CNN Weather Center.

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Calls for rescue have so overwhelmed emergency teams that they have had little time to search for bodies, and officials acknowledge that fatalities could soar once the floodwaters start to recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centres.

On Monday, officials in Fort Bend County ordered the first mandatory evacuations along the Brazos River in Houston amid fears that the levees might collapse.

The US president and his wife, Melania, set off for Texas earlier on Tuesday, although they were not scheduled to visit Houston itself.

The disaster is unfolding on an epic scale, with the nation's fourth-largest city mostly paralysed by the storm that parked itself over the Gulf Coast.

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