According to a Flour Bluff resident who lives on Ramfield just off Flour Bluff Drive, a worker mowing the ditches for the city allegedly broke a water main on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, around noon. She learned of the break from a neighbor who was calling everyone to tell them they should turn off their ice makers since contamination was possible. At that time, the water was still spewing as seen in the picture above. The following is the resident’s observation of what occurred:
There was a water leak on Flour Bluff Dr near Yorktown yesterday. It started about noon when the city mower hit a pipe in the ditch, according to the city supervisor who finally showed up to start repairs about 5:00 p.m. The ditches were already full of water down Flour Bluff Drive and down at least 1/4 mile on Ramfield Road.
I asked the city supervisor why they were so long in getting out to repair the break, and he said that there were other leaks his crew had to repair in town where the water flooded a football field. I then asked him about contamination and bacteria getting into the water line where the break was, and he assured me that he was going to keep the pressure on it to prevent contamination. I said that we didn’t want the city blaming the Bluff once again for leaking well water contamination due to a lack of back flow preventers.
By then, it was about 5:45 p.m., and the water was still on in our neighborhood in the area. Shortly thereafter the water was turned off and remained off until close to 10:00 p.m. Hopefully the city will not have to put another ban on water consumption and try to blame Flour Bluff!
Water main breaks are not rare, nor are they particularly disconcerting. However, this incident does raise some questions. Why was the water allowed to run for hours before anyone made a move to repair the line? Is water wasted by the thousands of gallons qualify as an emergency? Does the City of Corpus Christi need additional manpower to handle multiple breaks occurring simultaneously? How is this incident different from the one that occurred on Don Patricio when the workers digging the ditches broke a water line near a fire hydrant during a flood, and wells without back flow devices were blamed for the positive e coli contamination?
Citizens are encouraged to use the CCMobile app or call the helpline at 361-826-CITY for non-emergency calls.
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.