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UPDATE: Water pressure restored to City of George West

Officials report that the issue with City Water Well #3 has been repaired. Water should be back to normal soon, if it not already.

GEORGE WEST, Texas — UPDATE: Officials with the City of George West have confirmed via social media that issues at the City Water Well have been repaired. All citizens should have water currently, or soon.

ORIGINAL: George West ISD is cancelling classes Monday, according to a post to their social media pages.

The cancellation is due to water issues that are affecting the entire town, according to the post.

The district said they will release more information as they receive it. 

Credit: City of George West/Facebook

Interim City Manager for George West Shirley Holm said that the issue began after an electrical panel shorted out and affected a water pump, causing the low flow of water to residents.

"Our fuses inside the electrical box were actually shorted out," Holm said. "So it caused all the electricity coming into the water well to shut down. So we were notified probably about 5:30 this morning, that there were some residents that either lost water or had very low water pressure."

Public Works Director Dave Furzer got with electricians to begin fixing the fuse that shorted. 

"About 5:30 we got the first call of low pressure," Furzer said. "We went over to well, number two immediately kicked everything on by hand to get water go in."

Residents in George West saw little to no water pressure as they were getting ready in the morning. 

"It takes a little while to build back up the pressure," Furzer said. 

After realizing that the water was out, the maintenance supervisor made the decision to update educational officials about the status of the water pressure. 

"And so he notified the superintendent and I believe that the school made the call to go ahead and not have school today," Holm said. "With very low pressure in our schools, with the number of students that we have, it would be an issue."

Holm added that she is grateful that the incident was minor and that the water pressure was returned back to normal early Monday afternoon. 

"Our public works director and his assistant were on hand you know, to get things going to get the water back up full pressure," Holm said.

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