Water surrounding businesses in NW Houston

Tires used to cross flood waters from broken hydrant
July 16, 2013 4:31:18 PM PDT
Businesses and homes in northwest Houston spent Tuesday surrounded by water. Employees at one tire shop used tires as a makeshift bridge to get into their office.

The water was drained from the parking lot around that shop, another business and a couple of homes at around 3pm. City crews worked on repairing the damage.

It all started when an 18-wheeler took out a fire hydrant along Hempstead Highway just before North Gessner. The water got a few inches deep around a the businesses and homes and a few vacant buildings as well.

None of the businesses shut down, but it turned out to be an inconvenience for workers and customers alike.

"It is kind of dangerous," said truck driver Leonard Marriou. "You've got to keep your eyes on it at all times, though I don't know what happened."

A spokesman for the city's public works department says it's not a quick fix. They turned off the water to about five to ten businesses as they repaired the broken hydrant.

There's no word if police plan to talk to the driver of that 18-wheeler.

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