A broken water main shut down a busy downtown street Thursday afternoon, and sent emergency first responders and American Electric Power screws scrambling to fix it.
It happened just after 12:45 p.m. at the intersection of Starr and Mesquite. Work crews from the Corpus Christi Water Department said that another work crew from Time Warner was doing some construction work underground when they hit the water main.
After news of the main break spread, AEP contacted the City saying that they were concerned that a fire could break out if the water came into contact with their electrical conduit. After the alert, emergency first responders scrambled to shutdown that busy downtown roadway.
"We've got to rush right now," said Leandro Lopez with the Corpus Christi Water Department. "I've got three crews coming in to close the area. That's what we need to do first, a shutdown."
"They're fixing it. Hopefully it won't affect my business if we can get the water fixed," said Casey Lain, owner of House of Rock. "We've got a concert tonight, nearly sold out, so I'll keep my fingers crossed."
As of news time, the intersection was still closed, so keep that in mind if you plan on heading downtown near that area. There has been no word so far as to when the water main break should be repaired so that roads can open up.
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