Major water line break floods east Houston streets


by staff

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 5:56 PM

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HOUSTON – The Coast Guard responded after a major water line broke Wednesday  at the intersection of Navigation and Macario Garcia in east Houston.

It happened just before 9 a.m. in front of Fire Station 20. The fire station was surrounded by high water.

Work crews somehow broke a 30-inch water main  and flooded the entire intersection.

“They just said the water main broke and now there’s gas leaking into the water from the gas stations here,” said Stephanie Dean.

Ron Sampert, with the U.S Coast Guard could not confirm that information.

“We don’t know at this point.  They just said they saw a sheen in the water and there’s a possibility it’s going to end up in the ship channel, so we just wanted to make sure we can mitigate as much as possibility,” he said.

A law firm had to relocate its workers because of gas fumes.

“We don’t want to take any chances, and we haven’t heard anything from the city yet, so we decided not to take a chance and send them over to the mail office,” said  Carlos Solis.

Dean expressed concern about how the incident was handled.

“I don’t think they’re handling it quick enough.  We have water breaks down here quite a bit, none of them this bad.  I’ve seen water breaks to for two to three days at a time,” she said.