Record-breaking floods, in Rosharon,Texas, are forcing officials to evacuate nearly 2600 inmates from two correctional facilities. The prisoners will be bussed to open beds at other nearby prisons. Additional resources and supplies have been sent to those secondary locations to accommodate the additional prisoners during the emergency.

A centralized command center has been set up, in nearby Huntsville, to coordinate efforts against the rising floodwaters. Staff and volunteers are employing sandbags and other methods to combat the increasing water level.

At a facility in Navasota, the Luther Unit, a brawl broke out between inmates and corrections officers. The fight was precipitated by a blackout that was caused by the floods. The facility’s generator was engaged, but malfunction, leaving the prison with no power. The incident ensued when guards ordered inmates back into their cells when the power failed, and some of them refused to comply.

An estimated 50 inmates were involved, and three were transferred to area hospitals for medical treatment. Only one injury was related to the fight, that inmate required stitches. The other two were transferred due to unrelated conditions. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Family members concerned for loved ones incarcerated at any of the facilities involved, can call this number, 936-437-4927, to check on the location and status of individuals.