Early Friday morning, witnesses reported large amounts of water at the intersection of W. 43rd Street and Watonga, near US-290.
According to a neighbor in the area, a woman hit a fire hydrant in the median around midnight, and that's when the water started flowing.
The neighbor said they heard a loud bang outside and came out to see the woman's car in the median. They said the car was so damaged, it had to be towed away.
ABC13 crews at the scene could see the tire tracks in the grass from the crash.
Public works shut off the water and the "geyser" stopped just before 9 a.m.
There was fear that the neighborhood would be without water, but the city's public works said no one is going without it. Officials explained that they reroute the water supply while field crews fix the break.
Public works cautioned that customers may experience low pressure, but they assured there would be no serious impact to service.
Update - @HouPublicWorks tells our newsroom *no one* is without water. They reroute the water supply while crews fix this break. Customers may experience low pressure. No serious impact. https://t.co/sefqbOoWOd— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) January 21, 2022
And, for added measure, the utility is reminding Houstonians to dial 311 if they see someone crash into fire hydrants.
Please remind the community to #Call311 immediately if they see someone hit a fire hydrant 📲📞— Houston Public Works (@HouPublicWorks) January 21, 2022
Traffic was still moving through the neighborhood.
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