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All water drained, lanes back open after 8-foot water main breaks in east Houston

HOUSTONUPDATE: Here’s the latest regarding the massive flooding in Houston after a water main break on Thursday, according to KSAT 12′s sister station KPRC2:

  • All of the water has been drained or pumped out of the water main.
  • The southbound lane of Interstate 610 East at Clinton Drive has opened back up.
  • All of southeast Houston impacted by low water pressure or no water due to water main break for at least 6 to 8 hours
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner recommends all Houston residents boil water for the next 24 hours
  • The 8-foot water main that broke is a major line from the Northeast Purification Plant that provides 40-50% of the water in the Houston area
  • 40 houses in the area were evacuated. 12 vehicles flooded. Three people rescued from the roofs of their submerged vehicles.

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(Original Story)

Several roads and a freeway in east Houston are experiencing massive flooding after a 96-inch water main break on Thursday afternoon, according to the city of Houston.

The water main break belongs to the city of Houston, officials said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the water main broke near Fidelity and North Carolina and water flowed to 610 South and Ship Channel Bridge.

Officials with the Houston Public Works said a city contractor was doing exploratory work and burst the line. Officials said the contractor was moving soil and the line burst.

Officials said contractors are currently trying to isolate the break and shut off the valve.

The city of Houston has activated its Emergency Operations Center, which is usually used during disasters.

Water rescues underway

Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner’s Office is looking into water rescues after reports of people being trapped on roofs of their vehicles near 610 East Loop and Clinton Drive. They said this is the first time since Hurricane Harvey that they are having to deploy highwater rescue trucks to the area.

According to the Houston Fire Department, three people were rescued from their vehicles on Clinton Drive. Firefighters also searched and cleared a dozen vehicles and asked drivers to avoid the area.

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Traffic impacted due to flooding

The flooding is causing major traffic in the surrounding areas. Drivers were seen sloshing through high water on all northbound lanes on IH-610 East Loop at Clinton Drive since 12:08 p.m.

KPRC 2 reporter Bill Spencer said the water is up to 4-5 feet high in some areas.

Houston METRO bus 30 was detoured at 610 East Loop and Clinton Drive due to the flooding in the area, officials said.

Running water causing closures around the city

There are reports of low to no water pressure around the city of Houston. Officials said the main campuses at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University currently have no water.

LIST: Businesses, schools, restaurants closed due to water main break in east Houston

Officials said there is no water supply for businesses and residents from upper Kirby to Montrose. The Houston Health Department is advising food service establishments who do not have running water to temporarily close operations. Sanitarians with the department are being dispatched to the area.

As of 2 p.m., no boil water notice has been issued.

This story was originally published by our sister station in Houston, KPRC.