Water main break creates soggy commute for drivers on NW Side

Pipe burst near VIA bus stop at I-10, Vance Jackson

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter, Ben Spicer - Web Producer

SAN ANTONIO - A water main break caused some people on the Northwest Side to have a soggy morning commute, whether they were driving, walking or riding the bus.

The underground pipe burst Thursday morning somewhere in the area of Interstate 10 and Vance Jackson, sending up a spout of water about two feet high right near a VIA Metropolitan bus stop.

It also flooded out the eastbound access road, the highway turn-around, and the intersection.

Drivers splashed through water that sometimes covered the roofs of their vehicles as they made their way through the area around 5:30 a.m.

The water poured into the parking lot of a gas station and convenience store nearby as well.

Although the gas pumps were still accessible, a clerk said she believed the small flood would affect business.

The same store’s gas pumps were shut down in August after a broken main sent water flowing into its underground tanks.

Firefighters, at that time, said that it appeared a driver may have hit a hydrant in the area, causing the underground pipe to crack and leak.

It was not clear right away caused this latest break or how long it had been leaking.

A crew with San Antonio Water System showed up and capped the leak around 6:15 a.m.

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