- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

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 (roh-SHEH’-r’n). 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 (TER’-uhl) 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.

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