Inmates return to 3 Texas prisons evacuated due to flooding

A boat moves through floodwaters alongside a flooded street Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Rosharon, Texas. Parts of Texas have been inundated with rain in the last week, and more than half of the state has been under flood watches or warnings. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ROSHARON, Texas (AP) — About 4,000 inmates evacuated from three Texas prisons during late-May storms are back in their assigned units after floodwaters receded.

A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman says about 1,600 inmates were returned Saturday night to the Ramsey Unit near Rosharon. Jason Clark says that completes the repopulation of three units evacuated on May 29.

An estimated 2,400 prisoners were returned Friday to the Terrell and Stringfellow Units the same way they were transported out — via buses.

All of the prisoners were moved to other TDCJ units amid safety concerns as the rain-swollen Brazos River overflowed. Clark says water surrounded all three prisons but did not get into the main structures.

He didn’t immediately have a damage estimate.

Rosharon is 25 miles south of Houston. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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