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Galveston gets water restrictions after freeze bursts pipes

January 20, 2018
Edward Kupferer, left, and Anthony Lee, with Galveston's Public Works department, turn off one of the valves to a broken water pipe in the 1900 block of 55th Street in Galveston, Texas on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, after below-freezing temperatures earlier in the week caused pipes to freeze. The city is expected to remain under a water conservation mandate through the weekend as crews work to shut off burst and leaking pipes. (Jennifer Reynolds /The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston is expected to remain under a water conservation mandate through the weekend after freezing weather caused pipes to burst and leak.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that a rare 18-hour period of below-freezing weather from Tuesday night into Wednesday caused pipes to freeze at homes, businesses and in city main water lines.

City Manager Brian Maxwell said the amount of water lost prompted an “emergency.”

The city’s water reserve supply dipped below 60 percent of capacity Thursday, triggering the need to enact the conservation plan in which residents are urged to restrict their non-essential potable water use.

City spokeswoman Jaree Fortin says reserve tank levels though have been improving.

Fortin said that by Thursday night, the city got at least 3,000 calls from people reporting broken pipes.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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