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December 11th, 2014
Main break expected to close West Hopkins Street into the evening


City crews repaired a water main break that closed Hopkins Street between Bishop and Johnson Streets, and with motorists being detoured to San Antonio and Belvin Streets. The street closure will continue through much of the day until crews finish repairing damage on the roadway caused during the main break, city spokesperson Trey Hatt said.

A six-inch main broke in several places over a 50-foot span of the pipe at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Public works crews crews worked through the night, and the road closure is expected to last most of the day Thursday because of the complex nature of the break and subsequent cleanup.

About 243 customers in the area of the break lost water service for two or three hours Thursday while repairs were being made.

A precautionary boil water notice was issued per Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulation to water customers affected by the break soon after service was restored. The notice was sent via telephone to affected customers through the City’s emergency notification system.

The city is investigating the cause of the break.

COVER: Large fissure runs runs lengthwise down a segment six-inch water main. Crews worked through Wednesday night and into Thursday to repair the pipe. A portion of West Hopkins Street remains closed as damaged roadway is repaired. SUBMITTED PHOTO.

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