What's closed on Friday amid Houston water emergency?

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Several area businesses will remain closed on Friday
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Here's a list of schools and businesses that are closing due to the massive water main break on the East Loop.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston ISD and University of Houston Main Campus are closed today as the city addresses its water emergency following the line break near the East Loop.

HISD schools and administration building will reopen on Monday. It said the makeup date for the cancelled day of classes is Monday, June 1.

HISD statement regarding the matter:

"As a result of the major water main break in East Houston that has impacted multiple areas of the city, after-school activities are cancelled today - Thursday, February 27. However, all playoff games will be held as scheduled. Campus dismissals will be held as normal. If needed, bus drivers will use alternate routes. HISD maintenance staff will also inspect buildings as a precautionary measure to ensure all systems are functioning properly once water is restored."

Meanwhile, UH's Main Campus is also closed today. All university activities are cancelled, except Cougar Baseball at 6:30 p.m.

"Essential accommodations including bottled water, toilets and limited food service are being provided to students who live in UH Student Housing including Bayou Oaks, Cambridge Oaks and Cullen Oaks. Friday's closure does not apply to UH at Katy or UH at Sugar Land," the school said. "Once water is restored to campus, it may take several hours to properly flush the system and restore service."

HISD and UH's closures highlighted a long list of other schools, businesses and government entities planned to shut down amid the water issues. The east Houston water line break on Thursday had a far-reaching impact since the 96-inch line serves up to 50 percent of the city. Low water pressure was to be expected.

Mayor Sylvester Turner advised any food establishment without water to cease operation.

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Here's a list of businesses, schools, and government entities set to close Friday in the Houston area, according to the Ready Harris website and other sources:

  • All Spring Branch ISD schools
  • All Alief ISD schools
  • All Channelview ISD campuses and offices
  • St. Anne Catholic School - Houston
  • Yellowstone Academy and Yellowstone College Prep
  • Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity - Tidwell Campus
  • Arrow Academy Charter School
  • AAMA George I Sanchez Charter Schools
  • The Branch School
  • Kandy Stripe Academy Early Childhood Center - classes resume Monday
  • MeyerPark Elementary Charter School
  • Texas Woman's University Houston - All classes and activities

In addition, Texas Southern University delayed the start of classes and the opening of offices Friday morning,

These Harris County Voting Centers are also closed until further notice:

  • Houston Community College-Southeast (6960 Rustic St., Houston 77087)
  • Young Neighborhood Library (5107 Griggs Rd., Houston 77021)
  • Texas Southern University, Terry Library (3100 Cleburne St., Houston 77004)
  • Harris County Law Library - Conference Center (1019 Congress Ave., Houston 77002)


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