Daycare, residents say water issues have been going on for months with no fix

Businesses along Kieth Harrow in northwest Harris County say a sinkhole has been an issue for a while, but the heavy rains from overnight made it even worse.

The roadway is closed in both directions as crews work to replace the underground pipes after downpours washed away the eastbound side of the road.

Daycare owner Patrick Hughes says he's already had to close a couple of times over the last year, as the sinkhole is in the playground, and it only got worse after Imelda.

"We've kind of been dealing with this almost a year now. We had a sinkhole that developed initially, and we called the water company and they came out and started to work with it," Hughes said. "Then, I think they contacted flood control, and there was just nothing done until things got really bad."

According to a spokesperson with Harris County Flood Control District and Inframark, a water main broke around 7 a.m. Tuesday, which should be repaired by 10 a.m. Wednesday. However, the spokesperson added that Harris County Flood Control has separately been working to repair a storm sewer line, and has no timeline on when it will be fixed.

Another day care owner told ABC13 that water kept going on and off Tuesday, and has done so over the past 10 months.

Eyewitness News reached out to CFISD after a concerned parent reported schools were affected by this. The district released the following statement:

Due to a water main break in the area, water service was interrupted at three CFISD campuses for approximately 45 minutes on the morning of Oct. 29. CFISD has contingency plans in place in the event of these outages. By the time that food service and water trucks were dispatched to the campuses, water service was restored at approximately 9 a.m.

Crews have been working overnight to replace the underground pipes, but with more rain expected, the progress could be delayed.

For residents who live around the area, the sheriff's office says you can get to your neighborhood by heading south from Little York.

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