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Keegans Bayou at higher levels now than during Hurricane Ike

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ABC13's Pooja Lodhia gets an upclose look of Keegans Bayou in southwest Houston, where it is likely to spill out of its banks. (KTRK)

For people living near Keegans Bayou, the rising water should be a concern.

The bayou is only about an inch away from having water breech its banks, something that has only happened five or six times since 1994.

The choppy waters are churning fast and are likely to spill out into the roadway later this morning.

Officials said the bayou is even higher than it was during Hurricane Ike, which is creating concern for those who might be affected in nearby neighborhoods.

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Pooja Lodhia reports from Wharton County

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Wharton said they will not be able to help anyone who stayed after a voluntary evacuation was issued.

The town located about 65 miles southwest of Houston received a downpour from Hurricane Harvey's "dirty side." As of 6:45 a.m. Saturday, more than four inches of rain fell on Wharton, where 8,800 people reside.

The main concern voiced in the town is the possible overflow from the Colorado River, which lies right next to Wharton. Law enforcement expects the river to reach record levels by Sunday afternoon.

There is a voluntary evacuation order in effect, but officials said there is no shelter available to anyone who stayed behind.

So far, the Wharton County Sheriff's Office has not received reports of flooded homes or wind damage.
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