Water main break no longer gushing, but neighbors say flooding nothing new in Greenway Plaza area

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Saturday, December 10, 2022
Water main break that flooded Greenway Plaza area street repaired
After hours of gushing water and then repairs, Houston Public Works has replaced several feet of pipe. Call 311 if you're still without water.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After hours of gushing water and repairs, a water line has been repaired and service has been restored in the Greenway Plaza area as of Friday just before 1 p.m.

Houston Public Works said that everything had been fixed, but people still experiencing problems should call 311. It may also take a few minutes for full water pressure to reach everyone.

The trouble began Thursday night after a water main break flooded Timmons Lane, near Richmond and Edloe, forcing drivers through high water.

An ABC13 photographer checked the area Friday morning. The road no longer had standing water, and water was not gushing from the pipe, but the problem wasn't yet resolved.

"Houston Water is replacing several feet of pipe. This is a very extensive process. We're estimating two more hours for repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience," said Houston Public Works in a tweet shortly before 9 a.m.

Public works said the issue was a 16-inch water main break that appeared to have burst from age.

Neighbors told us it's not a surprise.

"Honestly, we deal with the water situation here quite often because our pipes are old anyways. So this is not anything out of the ordinary for our complex," one resident said.

ABC13 looked deeper and found there was a leak in this same area just days ago, but public works said that issue was resolved.

Just last week, Houston City Council approved $21 million to fix busted water pipes across the city, according to our partners at the Houston Chronicle.

The breaks are happening more often following the long drought.

For perspective, Houston typically has about 400 water main breaks on an average day, but Mayor Sylvester Turner says that number shot up to 1,100 this past summer.