Alice ISD Schools, Businesses Close Due to Water Boil Advisory

Alice residents were still dealing with a water boil advisory Friday. It caused the Alice Independent School District to cancel classes, and also forced some restaurants to close.

"We have sent some test samples to the Corpus Christi Stevens Lab," Alice Mayor Larry Martinez said. "They are being processed right now, so we are waiting the results of that test."

The good news is that the City is expecting the results of those tests around 9 a.m. Saturday. If they are given the all clear, the water boil advisory will be lifted. In the meantime, to help residents cope with the advisory, the HEB in Alice was offering a free gallon of bottled water to residents.

Elsewhere, a handful of the city's 110 restaurants could not meet the procedure for boiling water or using all bottled water, so they were forced to close for the day. For those that stayed open, they just found a way to make do.

"A lot of people have been asking for tea, but we don't have any," Dairy Burger Manager Dora Flores said. "We don't have a way of making it. We would have to be boiling water all day long."

"It's been a lot of work for us, but we are able to accomplish what we need to do, and as you can see, we've been very busy here at the restaurant," said Belinda Meyer, owner of King Street Grill.

"Everything has been going okay," Danny's Restaurant Manager Marisol Reyes said. "We've followed the procedures and everything with boiling the water, getting bottled waters, bottled drinks also. So it's been going okay."

There is hope that the City will be given the all clear sometime on Saturday. Until then, boil your water before consumption. Let it heat to a vigorous boil, continue boiling for two minutes, and then let it cool.

3News will keep you updated on the status of the water boil advisory.


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