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Small Brazoria County town bracing for more flooding on top of Harvey damage

Brazos River approaching major flood stage near Angleton, Texas

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ANGLETON, Texas – Mandatory and voluntary evacuations in the Brazoria County remain in place as officials anticipate the nearby Brazos River to rise to major flood stage soon and stay there until next Monday morning.

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This past Monday, officials issued evacuation orders for the entire county but they were mandatory only for those living west of state Highway 288 and south of state Highway 6.

Residents living within the mandatory zone in Angleton -- 45 miles south of Houston -- have been dealing with severe flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey dumping heavy rain all across the eastern part of Texas after hitting the state as a Category 4 hurricane. 

Despite the storm having since moved far northeast of the Texas border, Brazoria County residents, especially those in Angleton, a community of fewer than 20,000, are still feeling the effects of Harvey.

“Last year we had 5 inches in the house but this year looks like we’re going to get quite bit more. We already got about 12-14 inches,” Odie Campbell said.

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Having lived in Angleton all of his life, Campbell, 56, said he feels like it's a never-ending situation after just finishing up repairs his home sustained in last year’s major flood.

For Campbell, the worst is yet to come as he and others in Angleton brace for even more flooding coming from the Brazos River. 

“It’s all over … It’s a lake down there! This right here is only flood water from all the rain we’ve gotten, but now we’re going to get all the stuff coming from Richmond,” Campbell said. “It’s going to be bad. Once it gets down here, it’s going to probably be a couple more feet in our house the way we’re looking.”

With less than 24 hours before the Brazos River is expected to reach major flood stage near Angleton, Todd Fields says he’s seen enough of Harvey’s effects and is taking no risks with his pride and joy -- his horses.

“I’m going to take them (horses) over to higher grounds, just in case the Brazos River comes over, make them fatigue and could drown,” Fields said.

Fields said he plans to take his horses -- Whiskey, Fly Girl, and Charlie -- to the city of Brazoria where it’s much safer and drier than most towns in the county.

In a press release sent by the city manager’s office of Lake Jackson – 10 miles south of Angleton – officials recorded Oyster Creek to be higher than last year’s highest peak at 17.55 feet.

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The highest peak ever recorded in Oyster Creek, which also feeds through Angleton and causes major flooding in the area, was in 1992 at 19.77 feet.

However, officials and residents are expecting Friday’s Oyster Creek numbers to break that record, with the likelihood of seeing both the creek and Brazos River peak in the next 24-36 hours.

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