HOUSTON: At least three people were still missing Sunday after being swept away in Texas and Kansas, and slowly rising rivers in southeast Texas have led to numerous evacuations, including two prisons.
Four people have died due to the flooding that followed torrential rains in some parts of the US over the last few days. But the threat of severe weather has lessened over the long Memorial Day holiday for many places, though Tropical Depression Bonnie continued to bring rain and wind to North and South Carolina.
Along the rain-swollen Brazos River near Houston, Texas prison officials are evacuating about 2,600 inmates from two prisons because of expected flooding.
Inmates at the Terrell and Stringfellow Units in Rosharon, about 30 miles south of Houston, were being moved Sunday morning to other prisons that have available space, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said. Inmates in a low-level security camp at a third prison in the area are being moved to the main prison building, Clark said.
All three prisons are in coastal Brazoria County, where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
“TDCJ officials continue to monitor the situation and are working with our state partners as the river level rises,” Clark said, noting that additional food and water has been delivered to prisons that are getting the displaced inmates and sandbags have been filled and delivered to the prisons where flooding is anticipated.