Inmates evacuated from Texas prisons as Brazos River rises

Prison jail cell
FILE - Jail cell (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — About 4,500 inmates are being evacuated from three state prisons in Rosharon, Texas, as the Brazos River rises, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced Saturday.

The inmates from the Ramsey, Terrell and Stringfellow units are being loaded onto TDCJ buses along with correctional officers and are setting out for prisons in East Texas.

Families may contact TDCJ’s 24-hour hotline at (936) 437-4927 or 1-844-476-1289 to obtain information about an inmate. 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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