The Latest: Thousands of Texas inmates being evacuated

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on severe weather and flooding around the U.S. (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

Texas prison officials are evacuating about 2,600 inmates from two prisons near the rain-swollen Brazos River because of expected flooding.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the inmates started to be moved Sunday morning from the Terrell and Stringfellow Units in Rosharon, about 30 miles south of Houston. They’re being transferred by buses to other prisons that have available space.

At a third prison in the area, Ramsey Unit inmates in a low-level security camp are being moved to the main prison building.

Clark says 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.

All three prisons are in coastal Brazoria County, where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.


7:30 a.m.

The search for a missing boy who was swept away in a swollen creek in Kansas will resume Sunday.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports the Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Brown says Saturday’s search for the boy, who disappeared Friday night while trying to cross a creek, took 14 hours.

Sunday’s search will expand beyond the creek, which is not flooded anymore, to the Arkansas River.

Rain is in the forecast for the Wichita area Sunday.


12:20 a.m.

At least three people are still missing after torrential rain in Texas and Kansas this week led to flooding rivers, washed out roads and left four people dead.

In Kansas, the search for a missing 11-year-old boy was suspended late Saturday because of darkness and the fatigue of first responders, according to Wichita Fire Department battalion chief Scott Brown. The boy was swept away in a swollen creek on Friday night.

Near Austin in Travis County, Texas, officials planned to resume aerial searches on Sunday for two missing people whose vehicle was swept off a flooded roadway after the area got 9 inches of rain, said emergency services spokeswoman Lisa Block.

Four people have died in Texas from the flooding.

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