Firefighters were out on the Island and in Flour Bluff Wednesday looking for corroded fire hydrants. Maintenance issues popped up over the weekend after an incident on the Island.
Fire crews tried using a Padre Island fire hydrant Sunday and the bolts blew out. Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from North Beach, where more hydrants could be found in need of maintenance.
One hydrant, which crews would use to put out a fire at the Radisson Hotel if one were to occur, was completely covered in rust. It's an example of what the City is now looking to repair.
It wasn't the only one that has not survived well in our corrosive environment. Several other fire plugs on North Beach were in need of maintenance.
On Padre Island and in Flour Bluff, fire crews were looking for hydrants similar to those found on North Beach. Their effort came as result of a fire hydrant failure that happened on the Island over the weekend, followed by 3News discovering other Island hydrants that were so rusty, bolts simply fell apart at a simple touch.
Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha and the City's water director met Wednesday to try and see what else could be done to keep another hydrant blowout from happening again.
"One of the things we are going to do is meet with the water department to see if there are any other processes that we can put into place to ensure that we do have hydrants working within the city, and to avoid any type of hydrant failure that occurred over the weekend," Rocha said.
Rocha said the weekend hydrant failure was the first one he's ever heard of, and that it's a rarity for something like that to happen. He also said that fire crews go out and check hydrants and water pressure once a year. They also look at the overall maintenance needs, and if there is a problem, they forward a work order to the water department.
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