Texas Inmates Return to Jester III and Vance Units

Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisoners are evacuated from the Terrell and Stringfellow Units Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Rosharon, Texas. Heavy rains have caused flooding in the Brazos River and prompted prison officials to start evacuating about 2600 inmates. “We’re just trying to get ahead of it,” Major Richard Babcock said. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Some inmates that were evacuated due to rising flood water from Hurricane Harvey are returning to their original prison units.

Nearly 6,000 prisoners had to be evacuated due to flood waters reaching historic levels.  On Monday, 1,400 prisoners were returned to the Jester III and Vance units in Richmond, Texas.

Both units had flooding around the prisons but no water got inside the main facilities.

Ramsey, Stringfellow, and Terrell units are still being evaluated for damage.

Three other units, Stiles, Gist, and LeBlanc, were not damaged by the storm but are being impacted by the damage to Beaumont's water system. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported additional staffing and resources such as food, medicine, portable toilets and 240,000 bottles of water were sent to the three units.