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It was the culprit behind major flooding when there was no rain, it stranded motorists and it backed-up traffic, not to mention causing a citywide boil water notice.
Now the City of Houston Public Works Department is giving us a close-up view of the hulking 96-inch pipe that erupted near Clinton Drive and the East Loop on Thursday.
This is the culprit that caused the boil water notice & the new water line being installed. 🙏Our #MondayMotivation is everyone who worked around the clock to help. Thank you @houmayor, @TxDOT, @houstonpolice, @HoustonFire, @HoustonHealth, @MoPD_Houston, @HoustonOEM!💪😀💧 pic.twitter.com/LTbTNmUki8
— Houston Public Works (@HouPublicWorks) March 2, 2020
According to previous reporting by the Houston Chronicle, the pipe responsible for the flooding and boil order was installed 35 years ago. It broke open just before noon Thursday when a city contractor began digging to repair a “gradual leak” on the water line near Clinton Drive and the East Loop, officials said, causing water to bubble onto the neighboring highway.
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Houston Public Works spokeswoman Erin Jones said drinking water was rerouted to other pipes in the system.
The Public Works Department said it is working around the clock to get the new water line installed.
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