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Texas Town's Residents Warned to Leave as River Rises

City Councilman Al Bryant's tone was urgent. His advice to fellow residents of Wharton, Texas, facing the threat of flooding: If you have to leave, "don't wait until the last minute." Wharton is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Houston on the Colorado River, which was already well above flood stage and was continuing to rise Friday. Water from heavy rains in eastern and central Texas has been swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening...

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