Waco Police urged motorists to avoid the area of Sanger Avenue between 29th and 31st Streets on Tuesday morning.
At about 11:00 a.m., a large water main was reported broken and pouring large amounts of water in the air – flooding the street and damaging the pavement.
Video from a city worker showed water flying several feet into the air. Workers confirmed there was a 20-inch break in the pipe.
Timera Griffin says the break caused major problems at her house off of Sanger Avenue.
“We don’t have no water. Now we have to wait until they fix that right there. So we can’t even use the water to take a shower or anything. I just want to know how long its going to take, and I can still see more and more water flowing this way,” Griffin says.
One neighbor said he was in the middle of a shower when the water shut off.
City officials say the pipes are old because they are in an older part of town, and that’s most likely what caused the break.
The city says after the initial burst of water many people did lose water, but service quickly returned for the most part. Some people did have to deal with low water pressure.
Griffin’s next concern is who will pay for this break.
“Water bills can be higher or lower depending on how long it takes them to fix it, and what the city of Waco has to say, really,” Griffin says.