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Texas evacuations prompted by swollen waterways

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Rivers and creeks swollen by torrential rain in Texas have prompted officials to ask for mandatory and voluntary evacuations of homes.

In the city of Simonton, located about 40 miles west of Houston, officials ordered a mandatory evacuation Saturday for most of its 800 residents.

Mayor Louis Boudreaux says the evacuation was prompted by the rising levels of the Brazos River.

About 750 families living in a Houston-area Northwood Pines subdivision were asked Saturday to voluntarily evacuate their homes and apartments due to the rising levels of a nearby creek.

Francisco Sanchez, a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management in Harris County, where Houston is located, says officials were monitoring the local bayou system as the area was "not out of the woods yet."

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