Residents in Houston were being asked to conserve water Thursday after a massive water main break in the area of East Loop 728 around noontime flooded roadways and continued releasing water into the evening.
In addition, residents were being asked to boil any water they use prior to drinking, brushing their teeth or washing, Houston’s FOX 35 reported.
CALIFORNIA RESERVOIR ORDERED TO BE DRAINED OVER FEARS EARTHQUAKE COULD COLLAPSE DAM
“This was a major, a major break,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters at a news conference. “As you can see it produced a lot of water and it is still producing a lot of water.”
“This was a major, a major break. As you can see it produced a lot of water and it is still producing a lot of water. ”
– Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Those with weakened immune systems were asked to be mindful of potentially harmful bacteria in the city’s water supply for the time being, the station reported.
Video on social media showed trucks being driven in deep water in an effort to rescue stranded motorists.
Both directions of East Loop 823 were expected to be reopened for Friday morning rush hour, Houston’s KTRK-TV reported .
Water pressure was low in the city as a result of the mishap, but Turner said it “stablized” as crews continued making repairs.
The main that busted was (years old, the mayor told FOX 35. The break was measured at 220 inches, according to the station.
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