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THAT GOES UNDERNEATH CLINTON DRIVE, THE ROAD WITH ALL THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES THAT'S CLINTON DRIVE AND THE RAILROAD TRACK

THIS IS A VERY INDUSTRIAL AREA PART OF HOUSTON THE SHIP CHANNEL IS NEARBY, AND A LOT OF INDUSTRY IS HERE BUT TO GIVE YOU TO A WIDER SHOT, THERE ARE ALL THE LANES COVERED IN FEET OF WATER THE 2 VEHICLES YOU MENTIONED THAT ACTUALLY HAD THE HIGH WATER RESCUES OCCUR ARE THESE VEHICLES RIGHT HERE THAT WHITE VAN AND THAT WHITE TRUCK PULLING THAT TRAILER

THOSE ARE THE GUYS THAT WERE ON TOP OF THOSE VEHICLES THEY BROUGHT A GREAT BIG ARMY TYPE VEHICLE THAT IS IN THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT LIVERY, AND THEY BROUGHT THAT THROUGH ALL OF THIS HIGH WATER DOWN HERE AND GOT THOSE GUYS AND BROUGHT THEM BACK DOWN HERE TO THE OTHER END AS YOU CAN SEE, A LOT OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES HERE WE'RE WAITING FOR THE WATER TO BE SHUT OFF, BUT AS I MENTIONED EARLIER WHEN I WAS ONLINE WITH ELISSA RIVES, I WAS TELLING HER, THE PROBLEM IS THAT ALL OF THIS WATER THAT CAME DOWN ON THE NORTHBOUND LANES OVER HERE ACTUALLY BROACHED THE CENTER DIVIDER, AND THE WATER OVERRAN THAT CENTER DIVIDER SO HIGHWAY CREWS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT ONCE THEY GET THE WATER STOPPED AND SHUT OFF, AND ALSO PUMPED OUT OF THIS AREA OF THE EAST LOOP

THIS IS GOING TO BE A SEVERAL HOURS, IF NOT AN ALL NIGHT EVENT TO GET THIS FREEWAY BACK IN SERVICE HERE THIS IS HAPPENING BETWEEN I-10, THE BAY TOWN EAST FREEWAY, AND 225 AND LIKE I WAS SAYING EARLIER, ALL OF THE FREEWAYS ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN ARE IMPACTED BY THIS BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE THAT USE THIS NORTH-SOUTH ALLEYWAY, IF YOU WILL, ACROSS THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL >> AND DON, AS WE'RE LOOKING AT THE PICTURES, AND YOU'RE RIGHT, I CAN'T REMEMBER EVER SEEING ANYTHING LOOKING LIKE THIS AS A WATER MAIN BREAK WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE AT THIS POINT STILL ASSUMING, BUT WE ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE ROAD RIGHT THERE, NOT A RUSHING RIVER OR ANYTHING THAT'S ACTUALLY THE FREEWAY, RIGHT? >> REPORTER: THAT'S IT

THAT'S THE EXIT RAMP TO CLINTON DRIVE OFF THE 610 EAST LOOP NORTHBOUND COMING OFF THE SHIP CHANNEL BRIDGE MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OVER THE SHIP CHANNEL BRIDGE, AND IT GOES OVER THE SHIP CHANNEL, A REALLY HIGH BRIDGE, ONE OF THE HIGHEST IN THE CITY, AND THEN IT GOES DOWN UNDERNEATH CLINTON DRIVE TO AVOID, OBVIOUSLY, THOSE INTERSECTIONS THERE AND BE A FREEWAY, AND THAT'S THE PART THAT'S BELOW GRADE, BELOW GROUND LEVEL, AND THAT'S WHERE ALL OF THIS WATER FROM THIS BREAK HAS COLLECTED >> WELL, THE OTHER THING IS, WOVE BEEN OBVIOUSLY MONITORING SOCIAL MEDIA BECAUSE LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING IN TOUCH EITHER ASKING US QUESTIONS OR PROVIDING US WITH INFORMATION, AND WE JUST RECENTLY SAW A TWEET FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, I BELIEVE? >> YEAH, WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION FROM THE SHERIFF SAYING THERE'S A MAJOR DISRUPTION OF COURSE TO THE SHIP CHANNEL MAIN LANES AS WELL TRAFFIC SHUT DOWN ON BOTH SIDES AS DON WAS JUST SAYING HE ALSO SAYS THAT ALL THE OCCUPANTS ARE OUT OF THE FLOODED CARS, SO THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS

THE PEOPLE INSIDE THE CARS APPEAR TO ALL BE OUT SAFELY OF COURSE THERE ARE SEVERAL CARS FLOODED THAT ARE STUCK THERE IN WHAT LOOKS TO BE A RIVER, BUT ARE ACTUALLY THE LANES OF 610 AND SHERIFF ED GONZALEZ WAS TOLD IT'S A 96-INCH WATER MAIN BREAK >> WHICH IS MASSIVE >> THAT'S HUGE, OF COURSE

SOME OF THE HOMES ADJACENT TO THE LINE EAST OF THE SHIP CHANNEL MAY HAVE TAKEN IN WATER THAT IS JUST SOMETHING TO HEAR ABOUT WE HAVE HEARD MANY REPORTS OF PEOPLE LOSING THEIR WATER SERVICE IN THAT AREA AND BEYOND WE'RE NOW ALSO HEARING SOME HOMES MAY HAVE TAKEN IN WATER ALSO JUST A HORRIBLE SITUATION

AND IT HAPPENED SO QUICKLY THIS ALL UNFOLDING WITHIN THE PAST HOUR OR SO >> YEAH, ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF, A LITTLE AFTER NOON BUT DON, THE OTHER THING THAT PEOPLE ARE POINTING OUT TO US IS THAT THE WATER AROUND THERE LOOKS LIKE SLUDGE IT'S JUST HARD TO TELL WHAT'S IN THERE

DOES IT LOOK AS THOUGH PERHAPS SOME OF THE NEARBY BUSINESSES MAY HAVE, MAY HAVE RELEASED SOMETHING INTO THE WATER? >> REPORTER: I DOUBT IT I DON'T THINK SO BECAUSE THIS IS AN AREA OF TOWN THAT HAS OPEN DITCHES, SO THAT MEANS ALL THE MUD, ET CETERA BUT LET ME JUST SHOW YOU THIS PARTICULAR ROAD RIGHT HERE, ACTUALLY THIS WATER BREAK HERE HAS SUBSIDED SOMEWHAT, ALTHOUGH WITH A 96-INCH BREAK YOU CAN STILL SEE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WATER, BUT YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SEDIMENT THAT IT ACTUALLY HAS LOOSENED AROUND THAT BREAK AND PUT OUT HERE ON THIS ROADWAY A LOT OF DIRT, MUD, ROCKS

SOME OF THAT WHICH YOU SEE ON THE FREEWAY, YOU CAN SEE WHEN IT RUSHED DOWN, AND IS STILL RUSHING DOWN TO THE EXIT RAMP TO CLINTON OFF THE EAST LOOP >> IT'S AND STUNNING AT THIS POINT TO SEE HOW HIGH THE WATER IS, BUT IT LOOKS AT THIS POINT THAT MOST OF THE HOMES HAVE ESCAPED BEING FLOODED THEY ARE UP JUST A LITTLE BIT ON AN INCLINE >> IT IS VERY CLOSE, BUT IT DOES LOOK LIKE THAT THE WATER IS VERY NEAR THEM, BUT NOT QUITE UP TO THEIR DOORS

>> REPORTER: YES, AND I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYBODY OUTDOORS, WHICH PROBABLY MOST PEOPLE ARE AT WORK AT THIS HOUR, BUT THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET THERE ANYWAY THE RESCUE TRUCK, THIS IS THE VEHICLE THAT RESCUED THE 3 PEOPLE OFF THE CAR I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT THIS IS A FORMER ARMY VEHICLE THAT'S BEEN REPURPOSED AND GIVEN TO THE CITY OF HOUSTON, AND THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IS OPERATING THIS OBVIOUSLY THE RED COLOR AS YOU CAN TELL AND THE LOGO ON THE SIDE THEY'RE OBVIOUSLY HEADED OVER HERE, I GUESS TO CHECK ON OTHER PEOPLE

NOT QUITE SURE BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP UP WITH THEM AND SEE WHERE THEY GO >> YEAH, WE'VE SEEN A REAL BATTALION OF RESCUE VEHICLES >> WE HAVE AND SPEAKING OF THE RESCUE VEHICLES AND THE RESCUE WE WERE JUST MEMBERS MENTIONING, WE HAVE VIDEO OF THE ONE OF THE RESCUES

THAT VEHICLE WE JUST SAW DON ARMSTRONG TELLING US ABOUT, TRYING TO GET THOSE PEOPLE ONE MAN TRAPPED ON THE VAN SOME RESCUERS AND ANOTHER PERSON ON THAT TRUCK THAT'S NOT TOO FAR IN FRONT OF THEM OF COURSE THE SHERIFF TELLING US NOW ALL THE OCCUPANTS ARE SAFE BUT AS YOU WERE SAYING, THAT WATER, IT LOOKS EXTREMELY MUDDY, LIKE SLUDGE THEY'RE DEALING WITH AND MUCH HARDER TO MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THAN CLEAR WATER WOULD BE

IT LOOKS LIKE THE SEDIMENT IS WASHED IN THERE AS WELL IT'S HARD TO TELL EXACTLY WHERE THAT LOCATION IS THIS IS ALL OCCURRING IN THE 610 AREA NEAR CLINTON OF COURSE GOING TO BE A NIGHTMARE FOR OUR TRAFFIC SITUATION COMING UP BEFORE PEOPLE START HEADING HOME DURING RUSH HOUR TODAY I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE

LET'S HEAD OVER TO — >> WELL, AND IT LOOKS LIKE BEFORE WE TOSS IT, IT LOOKS LIKE ALL THE VEHICLES THAT MAY HAVE BEEN ON THAT ROAD HAVE BEEN TURNED ON BECAUSE FROM WHAT I CAN TELL IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S STRICTLY EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND RESCUE VEHICLES BUT I COULD BE WRONG >> AND ELISSA RIVES HAS BEEN MONITORING THIS JUST SINCE IT HAPPENED >> FAIRLY QUICKLY LAW ENFORCEMENT STEPPED IN, THEY STARTED BLOCKING ONRAMPS AND THEN USING EXIT RAMPS THEY WOULD ALLOW VEHICLES TO U-TURN AND GO OFF THAT, BUT AT LEAST FOR A GOOD HOUR THIS WAS FILLED WITH CARS ALONG THE GULF FREEWAY, EXCUSE ME ALONG THE FREEWAY OVER THE SHIP CHANNEL

THE 610 LOOP SO WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW, THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON, NO TRAFFIC AT ALL STILL UNDERWATER THE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND MAIN LANES THERE WERE PEOPLE OUT FOR LUNCH, MAYBE THINKING NOW HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GO AND PICK MY CHILD UP FROM SCHOOL

HERE'S THE TRAFFIC SITUATION A CLOSURE BETWEEN 225 ON THE SOUTH SIDE AND THE I-10 ON THE NORTH SIDE LET'S LOOK AT THE OTHER CORRIDORS BECAUSE OF COURSE YOU WANT TO KNOW YOUR ALTERNATE ROUTE AROUND THIS WE CAN SHOW YOU THAT HERE ON THE EAST BELT ON THE SOUTHBOUND SIGN, YOU'RE ALREADY IN THE RED AT THIS EARLY HOUR THE NORTHBOUND SIDE NOT TOO BAD

225 IS ACTUALLY MOVING VERY WELL 45 GETTING A LITTLE FULL HIGHWAY 90 IS ANOTHER POSSIBLE ROUTE TO SCOOT AROUND THE AREA YOU'RE COMING DOWN 90, BUT YOU'RE ENTERING THIS AREA WITH A LOT OF CONGESTION, SO IT WILL TAKE YOU EXTRA TIME TO GET THROUGH THE INTERCHANGE WHERE THE EAST FREEWAY, 90, AND THE LOOP ARE ALL EXCHANGED INSIDE THE LOOP, VERY BUSY

THAT'S ANOTHER ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR THE INDUSTRIAL TRAFFIC SO RIGHT NOW THE CURRENT SITUATION IS THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON CLOSED NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND WE'RE STILL IN THE VERY EARLY STAGES OF EVALUATING THIS I KNOW WE'LL GO BACK TO DON ARMSTRONG BECAUSE HE WAS SHOWING US ESSENTIALLY HOW THE WATER IS STILL FLOWING AND SO THEY NEED TO EVALUATE THE WATER MAIN BREAK, DETERMINE HOW TO GET IT CLOSED OFF, REPAIRED, AND GET THE WATER OFFER AND EVALUATE THE SAFETY AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE INTERSTATE UNDERNEATH ALL THIS WATER

YOU MAY REMEMBER, THAT WAS A SITUATION FOR US DURING HARVEY WHERE EVEN ONCE THE WATER WAS CLEARED, SOMETIMES REPAIRED HAD TO BE MADE SO WE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTION MARKS RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF THE DRIVE, IN TERMS OF OUR WATER SERVICE, AND I'LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN HEARING FROM THE HOUSTON ZOO, WE HEARD FROM U OF H, AND THEY DON'T HAVE WATER SERVICE AT ALL RIGHT NOW >> YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT U OF H, NO CLASSES TODAY BUT BEFORE WE LET YOU GO, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS

YOU HAVE WATCHED THIS ALMOST SINCE THE BEGINNING, AND IT APPEARS THE GEYSER OF WATER HAS GONE DOWN, EVEN THOUGH IT'S STILL GUSHING >> YES, YOU HAD A LOT MORE HEIGHT TO THE SPOUT COMING OUT OF THE GROUND, AND YOU WOULD TAKE THE VIEW OVER TOWARD THE RAMP WHERE THE WATER WAS POURING ONTO THE INTERSTATE, IT WAS REALLY RUSHING WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE WATER RISE, SO THAT'S THE GOOD THING TOO WE DON'T KNOW WHAT PUMPS MAY BE AT WORK WE'RE MAKING A LOT OF PHONE CALLS AND TRYING TO GATHER INFORMATION FOR YOU, BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON, IT DOES NOT SEEM THAT IT IS CONTINUING TO RISE AND CAUSE ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS

THE PROBLEMS THAT IT'S ALREADY CAUSED ARE PRETTY EXTENSIVE GETTING UP CLOSE TO IF NOT IN PEOPLE'S HOMES WE'RE BASKLY BASICALLY JUST TRYING TO I VAL WAIT FROM THE SKY AND ON THE INTERSTATE WE SAW THE WATER RUSHING SO MUCH THAT IT IMPACTED THE BARRIER BETWEEN THE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND LANES YOU CAN EVEN SEE THE WATER LINE WHERE IT'S GONE DOWN A LITTLE BIT, SO HOPEFULLY JUST IN TERMS OF BASIC WATER FLOW OUT OF THIS THING ONTO THE INTERSTATE, WE'RE SEEING THINGS LOOKING BETTER INSTEAD OF WORSE

>> AND I HAVE TO ASK YOU, JUST A MOMENT AGO WE KIND OF NOTED THAT THIS SEEMS TO BE PRIMARILY EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND RESCUE VEHICLES, DOES IT LOOK LIKE THEY GOT MOST OF THE FOLKS TURNED AROUND AND OFF THE INTERSTATE? >> YES, WE WATCHED THAT HAPPEN LIVE ON ABC13COM AND OUR NEWS APP AS DON ARMSTRONG WAS OVER THE SCENE IN SKY EYE 13, WE WERE LITERALLY WATCHING LAW ENFORCEMENT GUIDE PEOPLE WE CALL IT CONTRA FLOW, GOING SOUTHBOUND IN A NORTHBOUND LANE OR NORTHBOUND IN A SOUTHBOUND LANE, SO THAT TELLS US THEY WERE IDENTIFYING THE ON OR EXIT RAMP THAT WAS OF BEST USE, AND THEN THEY WOULD IDENTIFY A SECTION OF PEOPLE ESSENTIALLY PARKED ON THE SHIP CHANNEL BRIDGE AND FINDING A PLACE ONE AT A TIME TO SLOWLY TURN THEM AROUND BUT THOSE DRIVERS SAT THERE THE BETTER PART OF AN HOUR

THIS HAPPENED REALLY QUICKLY WHEN WE GOT VIEW OF IT ON THE CAMERAS, IT SET OUR NEWSROOM INTO MOTION, AND THEN BY THE TIME WE WERE MAKING AIR, WE WERE JUST SEEING THE LANES COVER MORE AND MORE IT WAS HAPPENING RATHER QUICKLY SO A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND AVOID THE INTERSTATE BEFORE THEY GOT STUCK BUT YES, THEY'RE DEFINITELY GUIDING PEOPLE OUT OF THE AREA

AND YOU CAN IMAGINE THE WATER COMING UP SO QUICKLY, AND PERHAPS PEOPLE NOT WANTING TO LEAVE THEIR WORK EQUIPMENT, THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY PERHAPS TO THEIR NEXT JOB SO THEY ENDED UP ON TOP OF THEIR VEHICLE, BUT AS WE'RE HEARING FROM HFD, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THERE'S ANY SERIOUS INJURIES WE WATCHED, AND YOU'LL SEE THIS RESCUE UNFOLD, THEY WERE ABLE TO WALK OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF HFD >> AMAZING THEY MADE IT THERE THAT QUICKLY TO GET THOSE PEOPLE OUT IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US, JUST A REMINDER, THE SHERIFF TWEETED THIS IS A 96-INCH WATER MAIN BREAK, IT'S MASSIVE

ONE OF THE REASONS IT SPREAD SO QUICKLY IS JUST THE SIDE OF THE WATER MAIN THAT IS BROKEN AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS YOU CAN JUST SEE THE SCALE HERE, THIS LIVE IMAGE FROM SKY EYE JUST HOW MUCH THE WATER HAS SPREAD, ALTHOUGH THE SPREAD HAS SLOWED, YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE LEFT AS YOU MENTIONED, THE ZOO IS SHUT DOWN FROM THIS AS IS UH, ALL CLOSED TODAY DUE TO FALLOUT FROM THIS SITUATION >> REALLY KIND OF TWO PROBLEMS GOING ON HERE

NOT ONLY THE WATER CONTINUING HERE AND SO MANY PEOPLE TRAPPED BY THAT, BUT ALSO IT'S IMPACTING THE WATER LEVEL OF MANY AREAS AROUND THE CITY INCLUDING THE U OF H CENTRAL CAMPUS AND THE ZOO THEY SIMPLY EITHER HAVE NO WATER OR VERY LITTLE WATER PRESSURE, AND WE HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF HOMES AND OTHER BUSINESSES IMPACTED IN THE SAME WAY WITH THE MAIN SO BIG, I THINK WE ALL SO GASPED >> YES, AND YOU CAN'T HELP BUT REMEMBERING HURRICANE HARVEY WHEN YOU SEE IMAGES LIKE THIS IT HAPPENED OVER A COUPLE OF HOURS THOUGH, NOT JUST AN HOUR AND A HALF

ALL FROM A NATURAL DISASTER THIS APPEARS TO HAVE HAPPENED FROM THAT WATER MAIN BREAK WHICH OF COURSE YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN THE LIVE IMAGES FROM SKY EYE CONTINUING TO BUBBLE UP IT APPEARS IT'S NOT AS SEVERE AS IT HAD BEEN, BUT WATER CONTINUES TO POUR OUT OF IT RIGHT NOW >> AND WE EXPECT IT WHEN WE HAVE A LOT OF RAIN COMING THROUGH, BUT THIS HAPPENED ON A PERFECTLY BLUE SUNNY DAY, AND WATER JUST RISING FROM NOWHERE AND TURNING PEOPLE'S DAY UPSIDE DOWN WE'RE ALSO SEEING A LOT OF THAT SORT OF SLUDGE WATER

WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IN THE WATER, ESPECIALLY OVER BY WHERE THE FOLKS WERE RESCUED OUT OF THE 2 VEHICLES WE'RE CONTINUING TO LOOK LIVE AT PICTURES FROM SKY EYE BUT WE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY STOP OUR LIVE COVERAGE RIGHT NOW WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A FEW MINUTES, AND IN THE MEANTIME WE'RE GOING TO TURN IT BACK OVER TO DIGITAL SO GO TO ABC13

COM WATCH YOUR NEWS APP WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU KNOW OF ANY INFORMATION THAT WE NEED, PLEASE GET TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING THAT ALL DAY

>> WE CERTAINLY HAVE, AND REAL QUICKLY, WE EXPECT AN UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR AND PUBLIC WORKS AT 2:00 PM WE'LL HAVE THAT FOR YOU IF YOU DON'T HAVE OUR APP ALREADY, DOWNLOAD IT WE'LL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, AND OF COURSE ABC13

COM AND OUR NEWSCAST AT 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER, AND WE'LL COPE YOU POSTED >>> THIS HAS BEEN BREAKING NEWS FROM ABC 13 FOR MORE INFORMATION HEAD TO ABC13COM OR OPEN OUR ABC 13 NEWS APP

>>> YOU'RE CONTINUING TO LOOK OVER 610 AND CLINTON MANY OF YOU SHOW THAT AREA, AND ESPECIALLY THAT HIGH FLYING BRIDGE THAT GOES OVER THE CHANNEL ON 610 IN THE MEANTIME WHERE 610 DIPS DOWN EASTBOUND, YOU ARE LOOKING AT, THIS IS THE ROAD, FOLKS >> RIGHT, LOOKS LIKE A RIVER >> THIS IS NOT A RIVER

>> NO >> THIS IS NOT A LAKE THIS IS THE ROAD AND ON THIS BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY, WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT IS THE RESULT OF A BREAK IN A 96-INCH WATER MAIN >> IT'S MASSIVE

AND SKY EYE ZOOMS IN, AND YOU CAN SEE THE DIVIDER IN THE ROAD THERE'S NORMALLY A DIVIDER DIVIDING THE NORTH LANES, BUT IT'S ALMOST COMPLETELY COVERED BY WATER AND FILLED WITH SEDIMENT IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE RIVER FROM THIS VIEW AND WE KNOW THERE WERE CARS TRAPPED IN THAT THE GOOD NEWS, THE SHERIFF TWEETED NOT LONG AGO, ABOUT A HALF HOUR AGO THAT ALL OF THE OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLES TRAPPED ARE OUT SAFELY

WE WATCHED AS 3 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED BY HFD THIS IS THE LATEST INFORMATION WE GOT FROM THE SHERIFF TELLING US IT'S A 96-INCH WATER MAIN THAT BROKE HE ALSO SAYS SOME HOMES ADJACENT TO THAT MAY HAVE TAKEN IN WATER WE'VE BEEN WATCHING FOR THAT ON SKY EYE AND SCENE WATER VERY CLOSE TO HOMES, BUT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY ANY HOMES THAT HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN IN WATER, BUT AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, PEOPLE AT HOME TODAY, AT WORK, SUDDENLY THEY SEE THIS ON TV OR AS YOU'RE WATCHING ON THE APP OR WEBSITE, AND THEY'RE WONDERING IF THEIR HOMES MAY BE FLOODED >> THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON HAS CANCELED ALL CLASSES AS A RESULT OF LOW TO NO WATER THERE, AND THE HOUSTON ZOO IS CLOSED

NOW WE'RE HEARING OVER IN THE MONTROSE AREA THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH WATER INCLUDING ENUNCIATION ORTHODOX SCHOOL, THAT'S A GREEK SCHOOL THERE JUST OFF MONTROSE, AND THAT'S WHERE DEBORAH WRIGLEY IS LIVE WHEN DID THEY START NOTICING PROBLEMS? >> REPORTER: MELANIE, THE HEAD OF THE SCHOOL SAID IT WAS PROBABLY AROUND 12:30 OR SO, THERE WAS A TRICKLE IN THE SINK AND PROBLEMS IN THE RESTROOMS, AND THAT'S CRUCIAL TO A SCHOOL IT'S AT THAT POINT WITH NO RETURNING WATER PRESSURE, THEY DECIDED TO DISMISS EARLY AND HERE YOU SEE PROBABLY THE LAST 2, WELL 1 CAR IS ABOUT TO PULL OFF, NEARLY ALL THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN PICKED UP SO THEY GOT OUT OF CLASS PROBABLY A COUPLE OF HOURS EARLY FOR THE LOWER GRADES AND AN HOUR EARLY FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

BUT IT WAS ONE OF THESE THINGS WHERE A WATER MAIN, A BROKEN WATER MAIN IS CRIPPLING DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY YOU HAVE THE PEOPLEHIT WITH WATER, AND PROBABLY SOME OF THE FAMILIES PICKING UP THEIR KIDS MAY HAVE WATER PRESSURE PROBLEMS AT HOME AS WELL BUT NO DAMAGE HERE THE KIDS GOT OUT OF SCHOOL A LITTLE BIT EARLY BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REPAIR THE MAIN AND WHEN WILL FULL WATER PRESSURE BE RESTORED

THAT MAY TAKE SOME TIME AND THE QUESTIONS ARISE WHAT DO BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS DO IF THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN BY THE END OF DAY BACK TO YOU >> RIGHT NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO ISOLATE THE PROBLEM AND MAKE REPAIRS FIRST THEY HAVE TO GET DOWN TO THE LINE WHICH IS COVERED BY WATER

AND THEY'RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THAT OF COURSE WE'RE EXPECTING AN UPDATE FROM PUBLIC WORKS AND THE MAYOR'S OFFICE COMING UP IN ABOUT 6 MINUTES RIGHT NOW, WHICH WE'LL OF COURSE BRING TO YOU AS SOON AS WE HEAR FROM THEM WE'RE ALSO HEARING DOWNTOWN HOUSTON, SOME BUSINESSES THERE, WATER PRESSURE ISSUES AS WELL SAYING THAT IT IS DUE TO THIS 96-INCH WATER MAIN BREAK SO PROBLEMS NEAR AND FAR THAT'S NOT EXTREMELY NEAR THE SHIP CHANNEL, BUT DEALING WITH IT AS FAR AS MONTROSE AS WELL

>> AND ALL OVER THE CITY YOU HAVE TO WONDER HOW MANY AREAS ARE SERVED BY THAT LARGE WATER MAIN WE SHOULD MENTION IN ADDITION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS SOUTHERN IS ALSO CLOSED FOR THE DAY BECAUSE OF THE WATER OUTAGE SO ONCE AGAIN PEOPLE HAVING TO REALLY BRING A HALT TO THE MIDDLE OF THEIR DAY THEY GET TO WHEREFORE THEY CAN AT THIS POINT BECAUSE OF THE WATER PRESSURE DROPPING DOWN SO LOW, AND IN SOME CASES IT'S ALMOST OUT ALL TOGETHER >> AND IT'S BEFORE RUSH HOUR, OF COURSE, BUT I HATE TO EVEN IMAGINE WHAT THE RUSH HOUR WILL BE AS PEOPLE TRY TO HEAD THROUGH THAT AREA TO GET HOME

I'M NOT SURE IF WE'RE EVEN BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ALTERNATE ROUTES WOULD BE, BUT ELISSA RIVES IS JOINING US NOW LOOKING AT WHAT A MASSIVE MESS THIS IS GOING TO BE >> YES, BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A CRITICAL ARTERY FOR SO MANY PEOPLE GETTING ACROSS TOWN >> I DO WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ON THE MAP WE HAVE THE VIEW FROM SKY EYE RIGHT NOW SHOWING YOU THE MASSIVE AREA THAT IS IMPACTING YOU'VE GOT THE FLOODING HAPPENING RIGHT THERE AT THE EAST LOOP AND CLINTON DRIVE

CLINTON DRIVE JUST PACKED RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT OR SOMETHING HAPPENING ALONG CLINTON DRIVE, JUST AVOID IT ALL TOGETHER INSIDE THE LOOP BETWEEN 90 AND 610 IT'S PACKED AT THE MOMENT BUT IN ORDER TO PROPERLY DO THIS AND PROPERLY EVALUATE THE SITUATION, THEY HAVE CLOSED THE I-610 LOOP FROM I-10, THE EAST FREEWAY, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 225 THAT'S THE PURPLE ON THE MAPS

RIGHT NOW WE'RE TAKING YOU OVER TO THE EAST LOOP WE CAN SHOW YOU THE SOUTHBOUND LANES VERY BUSY STILL IN THE GREEN ON THE NORTHBOUND SIDE IF THAT'S YOUR NORTHBOUND ROUTE YOU'RE TRYING TO FIND, THE EAST FREEWAY COMING DOWN TO THE EAST LOOP IS GOING TO BE PACKED OR THE EAST BELT, EXCUSE ME

BUT NORTHBOUND YOU'RE DOING ALL RIGHT ON THE INSIDE OF THE LOOP, HIGHWAY 90 IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ARTERIES IT'S BUSY BUT STILL MOVING FOR YOU SO ONE THING WE TALK ABOUT QUITE OFTEN, WHEN YOU CLOSE DOWN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS A MAIN INTERSTATE, IS EVEN IF YOU DON'T NEED THIS AS A DIRECT CORRIDOR TO WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOUR OTHER ROUTES WILL BE PACKED THEY'LL BE VERY BUSY THIS AFTERNOON

WE HAVE A LOT GOING ON IN THE EVENING AS WE APPROACH RODEO, AND EVERYTHING, THE TRADE RIDERS COMING INTO TOWN, THERE'S JUST SO MUCH GOING ON THIS WEEK, PEOPLE ARE OUT AND ABOUT GETTING THINGS DONE BUT BEWARE, IF YOU'RE MOVING THROUGH THE CITY, THIS QUADRANT OF THE CITY AT ALL, YOU DO WANT TO BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL BE EXTRA TRAFFIC THIS AFTERNOON BECAUSE THE INTERSTATE IS STILL UNDER WATER IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO CLEAR UP, PROPERLY EVALUATE THE INTERSTATE HERE'S THE VIEW IF OUR HOUSTON TRANSSTAR CAMERAS THEY'RE MOVING THE CAMERA AROUND TO GIVE THE EMERGENCY OFFICIALS A BETTER VIEW OF WHAT'S HAPPENING

AND THE INTERSTATE, NOT AVAILABLE IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM AND EVEN SOME OF THE SIDE STREETS ALSO FLOODED IN THE AREA AS THIS WAS VERY CLOSE TO THE INTERSTATE, BUT STILL WATER POURING INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD SO THOSE ARE THE ALTERNATE ROUTES THE EAST BELT, HIGHWAY 90 NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND CORRIDORS STILL IN GOOD CONDITION AT THE MOMENT

BUT IT'S 1:57, WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY THIS IS AS SLOW AS THE TRAFFIC, WELL, THIS IS AS LIGHT AS THE TRAFFIC IS GOING TO GET OR BE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY IT ONLY GETS MORE CONGESTED FROM HERE AS WE APPROACH 3:00, 4:00, AND THE HEART OF THE RUSH HOUR, SO KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN YOU'RE CALCULATING PICKING UP THE KIDS, MAKING IT ACROSS TOWN FOR AN APPOINTMENT, PICKING UP DINNER GIVE YOURSELF THAT EXTRA TIME >> VERY GOOD ADVICE

AND WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE MAYOR AS WELL AS PUBLIC WORKS ABOUT THIS AT THIS POINT WE DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE PLAN IS, AND WE'RE HEARING ABOUT OUTAGES ALL AROUND THE CITY, NOT JUST THE AREA BY THE SHIP CHANNEL >> RIGHT, ALL OVER MONTROSE >> THE EAST SIDE, SOUTH SIDE, MONTROSE

SO IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION FOR THEM, AND NO DOUBT THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THEIR DUCKS IN A ROW WHAT WE WILL TELL YOU IS SO FAR WE'VE HEARD OF NO INJURIES, NO DIFFICULTIES LIKE THAT >> GREAT NEWS THERE >> THAT'S A GREAT BIT OF NEWS 3 PEOPLE WE WATCHED LIVE WERE RESCUED

THANK GOODNESS THEY WERE ABLE TO GET OUT AND AT LEAST A DOZEN MORE VEHICLES THAT WE KNOW OF THAT HAD TO BE MOVED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BUT YOU'RE LOOKING LIVE RIGHT NOW THIS HAS ACTUALLY GONE DOWN SUBSTANTIALLY >> RIGHT, BELIEVE IT OR NOT

>> AT ONE POINT WAS REALLY GOING, BUT NOW IT'S REALLY BEGINNING TO COME DOWN SOME BUT NONETHELESS YOU'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE HOMES ACROSS THE STREET WORRIED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CLOSURES RIGHT NOW THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HEALTH CENTER AND THE GULF GATE HEALTH CENTER ARE CLOSED

VERY SERIOUS ISSUES FOR THESE FOLKS >> ALL OVER >> ALL PART OF THE HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM >> AND HISD, WE HAVEN'T HEARD OF SCHOOL CLOSURES FROM THIS RIGHT NOW, BUT WE KNOW THEY'RE HAVING WATER PRESSURE ISSUES IN MANY OF THEIR AREAS OF COURSE THEY HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE, THEY'RE GIVING BOTTLED WATER TO STUDENTS THERE

BUT WE HAVE MORE CLOSURES FROM THE HEALTH SYSTEM >> YES, AS WE CONTINUE TO SORT OF CYCLE THROUGH SUNSET HEIGHTS CLINIC AND MONROE CLINIC ARE ALSO CLOSED DUE TO WATER OUTAGES AND THESE ARE ALL PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITIES PEOPLE WHO HAVE WAITED A LONG TIME TO GET IN THERE, AND NOW SUDDENLY JUST IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON EVERYTHING IS SHUT DOWN WITH THE HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH CLINICS

>> YOU HATE TO SEE THAT >> YOU REALLY DO AND ACROSS THE STREET, YOU CAN SEE THE HOMES FORTUNATELY MOST BUILT UP PRETTY HIGH, BUT WE ARE WATCHING AND THIS IS VIDEO FROM EARLIER

THESE ARE THE RESCUES AS THEY HAPPENED >> RIGHT, WHILE THIS WAS HAPPENING WE WERE WATCHING LIVE YOU SEE THE RED VEHICLE ON THE LOWER LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, AS THEY WORKED, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CREWS WORKED TO GET, YOU SEE THAT MAN ON HIS WHITE VAN, AND IN FRONT OF HIM, THAT'S A TRUCK IT'S HARD TO TELL WITH ALL THAT MURKY WATER COVERING IT UP >> THAT'S RIGHT, YOU CAN SEE THE BED BACK THERE

>> THAT'S RIGHT THEY WERE THANKFULLY RESCUED THEY WERE SAFELY PULLED FROM THAT NO REPORTED INJURIES FROM THIS, BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW TERRIFIED THEY MUST HAVE BEEN AS THE WATER STARTED RISING ON A CLEAR AND SUNNY DAY JUST OUT OF NOWHERE THE WATER RUSHED OVER THAT

WE'VE ALSO BEEN GETTING A LOT OF VIDEO FROM VIEWERS THIS IS ALSO FROM SKY EYE THE SAME TRUCK GOING AROUND RESCUING THOSE MEN AS WELL AS LOOKING FOR ANY OTHERS IN THOSE DOZEN VEHICLES IT'S PASSING SOME OF THE VEHICLES RIGHT NOW THANKFULLY THEY GOT TO SAFETY THIS IS THE VIEWER VIDEO

PEOPLE STUCK IN THE AREA, AGAIN, I HATE TO MAKE THIS COMPARISON, BUT IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE HURRICANE HARVEY BUT THIS IS A BRIGHT SUNNY DAY IN FEBRUARY INSTEAD OF AN AUGUST DAY WITH A STORM IN 2017 WATER RUSHING ON THE ROAD, UNANNOUNCED, UNEXPECTED FROM THAT 96-INCH WATER MAIN BREAK >> BUT AT LEAST THESE FOLKS WERE ABLE TO GET OUT, THE WATER WAS RISING, BUT IT APPEARS AS THOUGH THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THROUGH THE HIGH WATER THAT WAS NOT THE CASE FOR THE HANDFUL WE SAW WHERE THE PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED

AT THIS POINT IT LOOKS LIKE, AND THIS WAS A LITTLE EARLIER WE COULD SEE ALL OF THE CARS AND VEHICLES HERE ON THE ROAD BEING REROUTED BECAUSE THERE WAS NOWHERE FOR THEM TO GO SO THEY TURNED AROUND, THAT CONTRA FLOW, ALL THE WORDS WE'VE LEARNED OVER THE LAST FEW HURRICANES AND MAJOR TROPICAL STORMS BUT TURNED AROUND SO THEY COULD GET THEM OUT AND BEGIN TO USE THE FREEWAY JUST FOR THE RESCUE VEHICLES >> VERY IMPORTANT

>> WE'VE ALSO BEEN GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WATER WHAT'S IN THE WATER THAT MAKES IT LOOK SO DISGUSTING >> RIGHT, LOOKS LIKE MUD >> EXACTLY LOOKS LIKE SLUDGE THERE THE SHORT ANSWER IS WE REALLY DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT

WE DON'T KNOW IF IT'S MUD OR EXACTLY WHAT IT IS BUT WE HAVE WORD THAT TXDOT IS ON THE PHONE >> PEOPLE TRYING TO WALK THROUGH THIS, IF IT'S IN THEIR AREAS, WHAT ARE THEY DEALING WITH TRYING TO WALK THROUGH THIS WATER? >> YES, SO I WORRY ABOUT IT BEING SOME TYPE OF RAW SEWAGE, AND WHEN YOU'VE GOT RAW SEWAGE AND SKIN GOING THROUGH THERE OR GETTING DRENCHED, YOU WORRY ABOUT THE SKIN HAZARDS BUT THERE COULD BE SOMETHING VERY SERIOUS IN THERE LIKE HEPATITIS MOST IMPORTANTLY IF YOU HAVE TO WALK THROUGH IT, I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE GET CLEAN RIGHT AWAY

GET IT OFF YOU AS FAST AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE YOU COULD HAVE SOME TYPE OF LOCALIZED SKIN INFECTION, A BREAK OUT MAYBE SOMETHING THAT SEEMS LIKE ECZEMA OR IF YOU HAVE ANY SMALL CUTS, YOU COULD GET INFECTED THAT'S SOMETHING TO BE CAREFUL OF, AND WHEN YOU HAVE A MURKY WATER SITUATION, YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT THERE'S NOTHING SHARP THAT WILL CUT YOU AS WELL I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF FLOOD WATERS, BUT ESPECIALLY DIRTY WATER THAT AGAIN COULD POTENTIALLY BE RAW SEWAGE

>> VERY IMPORTANT OF COURSE ALSO SOMETHING I LEARNED FROM WALKING AROUND THE FLOOD WATERS OF HARVEY IS YOU CAN'T SEE ONCE THE WATER COVERS THE ROAD; YOU CAN'T SEE THINGS THAT ARE HAZARDS LIKE CURBS OR POTHOLES >> RIGHT >> YOU TALKED ABOUT CLEANING OFF AFTER YOU GET OUT OF THE WATER, DO YOU THINK JUST SOAP AND WATER OR, WHAT WOULD THEY NEED TO DO TO WASH IT OFF? >> DEFINITELY WARM SOAP AND WATER IF THEY HAVE ANY CUTS, I WOULD JUST TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND GET SOME ALCOHOL AND SWAB THE AREA DOWN BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE CUTS ARE SMALL AND YOU CAN'T SEE THEM, BUT WHEN YOU SWAB THEM YOU FEEL THE LOCALIZED BURNING, SO I WOULD DEFINITELY DO THAT

WHEN RAW SEWAGE IT'S NOT JUST BIO HAZARDS, E COLI, HEPATITIS, BUT IT'S AN UNKNOWN MIXTURE AND WHEN YOU GET ON THE STREETS, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE ALSO CAR FLUID AND OIL THAT GETS INTO THE MIXTURE AS WELL SO IT'S DEFINITELY REALLY NASTY, POTENTIALLY TOXIC BUT AS LONG AS YOU GET THE SKIN CLEAN, YOU SHOULD BE FINE >> ALL RIGHT, DOCTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH

NOT EXACTLY CERTAIN WHETHER OR NOT WE'VE GOT SEWAGE OR MUD OR WHAT'S IN THE WATER, BUT CERTAINLY AT THIS POINT IT'S PROBABLY WISER TO BE CAUTIOUS >> ABSOLUTELY THANK YOU SO MUCH WE WANT TO HEAD OUT TO ABC 13 ANCHOR ERICA SIMON SHE'S GETTING A CLOSER VIEW OF THE MESSY SITUATION GOING ON OUT THERE

ERICA, IF YOU'RE ABLE TO HEAR ME >> REPORTER: I AM IT TOOK US A LONG TIME TO GET TO THIS AREA, ABOUT AN HOUR, BECAUSE WE WERE STUCK ON 610 AS WELL, JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE WE DID GET A SHORT CUT TO MAKE IT HERE TO MAKE IT TO COAST GUARD DRIVE AND CLINTON I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHERE WE'RE AT

THERE'S POOLS OF WATER RIGHT HERE DOWN CLINTON DRIVE IT'S TOO FAR FOR US TO SEE, BUT I LOOKS POTENTIALLY LIKE THERE ARE SOME WATER STRUCKS DOWN AT THE END WHERE YOU SEE THE FLASHING LIGHTS I WANT TO GET MY PHOTOGRAPHER ANTHONY TO TURN AROUND AND SHOW YOU THIS OTHER SIDE WHERE WE'RE LOOKING AT YOU CAN SEE THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES BLOCKING THE INTERSECTION HERE JUST RIGHT OF US THAT'S THE ROAD TO THE TO GO TO THE PORT OF HOUSTON

SO WE'RE OBVIOUSLY IN A VERY INDUSTRIAL AREA, AND THERE'S A NEIGHBORHOOD OFF TO THE SIDE OF US SO A LOT OF COMPONENTS HERE SOME PEOPLE ARE COMPOSED THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THIS DETOUR, THAT WOMAN IS TRYING TO TURN AROUND AND GET OUT OF THIS PARTICULAR AREA AS SOON AS WE LEAVE YOU GUYS, WE'LL BREAK DOWN AND GO A FEW BLOCKS FROM HERE WHERE THE MAYOR IS EXPECTED TO SPEAK AND UPDATE US ON THE LATEST

WE'LL GIVE YOU GUYS AN UPDATE AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT THE MAYOR OF THE CITY HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS UNFORTUNATE SITUATION IT'S PERFECTLY SUNNY, SUPPOSED TO BE A REGULAR COMMUTE HOME FOR FOLKS, BUT OBVIOUSLY NOT TODAY ERICA SIMON, ABC 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS >> AND YOU WERE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF NIGHT HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO GO A COUPLE OF MILES? >> REPORTER: WELL, WE WERE COMING IF PEARLAND ON ANOTHER STORY, SO OF COURSE THAT ALREADY WAS GOING TO TAKE AT LEAST 30 OR 40 MINUTES, BUT ONCE WE HIT 610 FROM 45, THINGS GOT REALLY STICKY

WE WERE BACKED UP RIGHT AWAY I WOULD SAY WE WERE IN TRAFFIC FOR PROBABLY ABOUT 30, 40 MINUTES JUST TO GET OVER TO 225, THEN GO UNDERNEATH THE WASHBURN TUNNEL THANKFULLY WE GOT THAT SHORT CUT FROM OUR CREWS AT ABC 13, SAVING US A LOT OF TIME AND AGAIN THINGS HAVE JUST MOVED, THEY'RE MOVING THE MEDIA STAGING AREA DOWN TO 9100 CLINTON, THE 9100 BLOCK THAT'S WHERE WE'RE HEADING NOW

BUT WE WERE STUCK JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I TOOK SOME PICTURES AND VIDEO OUT OF THE WINDOW >> I'M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE TRYING TO WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU SAID, LOOKING FOR THE ALTERNATE ROUTES >> REPORTER: I GAVE THEM THE SECRET CODE, YES! >> WELL, GO AHEAD AND MOVE OVER THE MAYOR'S OFFICE HAS BEEN TWEETING OUT

>> REPORTER: YES, WE'LL HEAD THAT WAY >> THANKS SO MUCH >> BEING BRIEFED BY THE POLICE AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT THIS POINT JUST TO GET SOME SENSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW >> WE DO HAVE THIS — >> WE SAW THE VEHICLES BY THE WAY BEING TURNED AROUND

>> THIS IS FROM EARLIER, NOT LIVE PEOPLE WERE TURNING AROUND ON THE FREEWAY WE DO HAVE AN UPDATE FROM MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER HE SAYS CONTRACTORS ARE ON SITE OF THE BREAK AND DRAINING THE LINES RIGHT NOW THIS WILL TAKE SEVERAL HOURS

THE WATER PRESSURE WILL BE THROW THROUGHOUT A LARGE AREA, INCLUDING DOWNTOWN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS WITHOUT WATER NEED TO CLOSE ALSO THAT WATER PRESSURE ISSUE WON'T BE RESOLVED ANY TIME SOON, BUT THEY HAVE CREWS ON THE SCENE TRYING TO DRAIN THE SITUATION, WHICH THEY HAVE TO DO FIRST BEFORE THEY CAN GO IN AND FIX THE SITUATION AS ERICA WAS MENTIONING, WE'LL GET AN UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR AND THE PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES JUST AS SOON AS THEY CAN GET OUT THERE AND THE MEDIA CAN MAKE THEIR WAY TO GET AROUND THEM AND GET AN IDEA OF EXACTLY WHAT THEY'LL DO TO FIX THE SITUATION >> BUT WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE LAST POINT HE MADE, IF YOU'RE A FOOD ESTABLISHMENT, LOST WATER, DON'T HAVE THE NECESSITY, YOU ARE NOT JUST BEING SUGGESTED BUT TOLD TO SHUT DOWN FOR RIGHT NOW

>> ABSOLUTELY UNFORTUNATE LIP THEY HAVE TO LOSE BUSINESS, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE DEALING WITH TROUBLE SOME HOMES AS WELL AS THE SHERIFF GONZALEZ TWEETED LOOKED LIKE HOMES MAY HAVE BEEN TAKING IN WATER, AND OF COURSE ALL THE TRAFFIC TROUBLES WHICH WE'RE JUST BEGINNING TO SEE >> YEAH >> BECAUSE RUSH HOUR IS NOT HERE YET

>> ELISSA RIVES HAS BEEN WARNING US ABOUT THAT ALL AFTERNOON NOW WE GO TO MARLA CARTER WHO'S LIVE WHERE THE MAYOR IS PLANNING TO HAVE THAT PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES MARLA, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR NOT ONLY FROM THE MAYOR, BUT OTHER LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AS WELL? SHERIFF AND POLICE RIGHT? >> REPORTER: THAT'S RIGHT, MELANIE WE'RE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, SO REALLY ON THE WEST SIDE, OPPOSITE OF WHERE YOU SAW ERICA JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO YOU CAN SEE THE ROAD IS COMPLETELY BLOCKED OFF

WE'RE JUST OFF THE FREEWAY RIGHT THERE THAT'S CLINTON AND WE'RE TOLD THAT THE SHERIFF IS EXPECTED TO HAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE AND MAKE A STATEMENT YOU CAN SEE THE ROAD CLOSED DOWN DUE TO THE HUGE WATER MAIN BREAK IT'S A 96-INCH LINE THAT BROKE OF COURSE FLOODING THE FREEWAY THERE, CAUSING THE MASSIVE CLOSURE AND DELAYS

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT WATER, YOU'VE BEEN REPORTING THAT ALL MORNING AND AFTERNOON INCLUDING U OF H A NUMBER OF RESIDENTS REPORTED LOW WATER PRESSURE, AND CREWS ARE AGGRESSIVELY TRYING TO GET TO THE BREAK, TRYING TO FIND WHERE IT WAS TO ISOLATE AND FIX IT AND AGAIN BECAUSE OF THAT THEY'VE REALLY ASKED A LOT OF PEOPLE TO AVOID THE AREA AND THERE'S REALLY NOBODY OUT HERE RIGHT NOW HEEDING THE GUIDANCE FROM THE OFFICIALS TO MAJORLY AVOID THE AREA, BUT THE TRAFFIC AROUND THE AREA WAS PRETTY BAD

CLINTON FOR EXAMPLE WAS BLOCKED, PARTS OF MARKET HARD TO ACCESS, SO THIS ENTIRE AREA, IF YOU CAN AVOID IT, DEFINITELY DO SO BECAUSE IT'S BACKING UP RIGHT NOW AND OF COURSE WE ARE WAITING TO LEARN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE SHERIFF MOMENTARILY WE'RE TOLD HE'S MAKING HIS WAY OVER HERE ALONG WITH HOUSTON POLICE OFFICIALS TO GAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED AND OF COURSE WE'RE STILL WAITING TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC WORKS, BUT THEY DID SAY THEY HAVE WATER CREWS ON SCENE, HAD THEM THERE IMMEDIATELY WORKING TO ASSESS THE SITUATION AND REPAIR THE BREAK AND DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT WENT WRONG >> THANK YOU, AND OF COURSE YOU'LL COME RIGHT BACK TO US AS SOON AS THE MAYOR ARRIVES THERE

DO YOU SEE A LOT OF HIS FOLKS THERE IN ADVANCE OF THIS PRESS CONFERENCE? >> OH, MARLA, LOOKS LIKE SHE'S HEADED OUT TO GET READY FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE BUT LOOK AT THE VEHICLES WE SAW TRAPPED IN THE AREA 2 PEOPLE ON THAT TRUCK HAD TO BE RESCUED BY HFD THIS VEHICLE TOTALLY UNDERWATER RIGHT THERE THE GOOD NEWS WE CAN GO AHEAD AND TELL YOU FROM THE VIDEO WE HAVE EARLIER, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS ALL THE PEOPLE WERE REMOVED FROM THEIR CARS SAFELY

ALL OCCUPANTS REMOVED SAFELY ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OF COURSE THEY WENT TO CHECK THOSE THAT'S GREAT NEWS BECAUSE WHEN YOU SEE IMAGES LIKE THAT, IT JUST GIVES YOU GOOSE BUMPS WONDERING WHAT PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH >> AND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU REALIZE, THIS VIEWER VIDEO REALLY SHOWS JUST HOW FAST THE WATER ROSE

PEOPLE WERE DRIVING ALONG THE FREEWAY, KIND OF MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS >> SUNNY DAY >> AND SUDDENLY WATER STARTED RISING OUT OF NOWHERE AND I'M SURE THEY'RE SITTING THERE THINKING WAIT A MINUTE, IT'S NOT RAINING, WHAT'S GOING ON? BUT THIS GIVES YOU SOME IDEA OF JUST HOW FAST THE WATER ROSE AND REALLY HOW MANY CARS WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET OUT OF THAT AS WE'VE SHOWN YOU, SOME WERE STRANDED MANY VEHICLES WERE STRANDED, BUT LOOKS LIKE THOSE LUCKY FOLKS WERE ABLE TO GET OFF THAT STRETCH OF FLOODED FREEWAY BEFORE THEY GOT INTO TOO MUCH TROUBLE

AND WE CONTINUE, OH, MORE VIEWER VIDEO >> YES >> AND IF YOU HAVE SOME, WE CERTAINLY WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO GO TO SOCIAL MEDIA, TWEET US, PUT IT UP ON FACEBOOK, WE'RE INTERESTED IN SEEING YOUR PICTURES BUT THIS GIVES A SENSE OF JUST HOW CROWDED THE FREEWAY WAS AT THE TIME THE WATER SUDDENLY STARTED RISING

>> RIGHT, TAG US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER WE OF COURSE WANT TO SEE THE PICTURES AND VIDEOS IF YOU'RE IN A SAFE SPOT TO SEND THEM IN JUST A REMINDER, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THIS IS A 96-INCH WATER MAIN BREAK THAT BROKE JUST AFTER NOON AT 610 AND CLINTON, AND THE FALLOUT HAS KEPT COMING BUSINESSES CLOSED, THE MAYOR ORDERING RESTAURANTS WITH NO WATER PRESSURE TO CLOSE DUE TO SANITATION ISSUES FROM THAT WE KNOW THE ZOO IS CLOSED

SEVERAL HISD SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE WATER AND ARE GIVING BOTTLED WATER TO STUDENTS RIGHT NOW U OF H DOWNTOWN HAD TO CLOSE >> AND I BELIEVE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT U OF H CENTRAL CAMPUS AS WELL OVER BY TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY THEY'RE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER AND IT GIVES YOU SOME IDEA OF HOW WIDESPREAD THE EFFECTS ARE FROM THIS BECAUSE APPARENTLY A 96-INCH WATER MAIN CONTROLS A LOT OF AREA AROUND THIS CITY OF HOUSTON

>> ABSOLUTELY >> AND YOU'RE LOOKING AGAIN, THIS IS LIVE PICTURES FROM THE TRANSSTAR CAMERAS, OF THE EAST LOOP, AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW ALL OF THE VEHICLES THERE ARE PRIMARILY EMERGENCY VEHICLES, WORKING TO RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WEAR HEARING FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IT'S GOING TO BE SEVERAL HOURS AT LEAST

>> AT THE VERY LEAST AND THE MAYOR SAID THERE ARE CONTRACTORS OUT THERE, TRYING TO DRAIN THE AREA IMMEDIATELY AROUND THE BREAK SO THEY CAN GET TO IT AND THEN SEAL IT OFF SO THERE ARE SEVERAL STEPS TO GO BEFORE THEY CAN EVEN ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM MEANWHILE THE TRAFFIC, WE USUALLY USE THESE CAMERAS, OUR TRAFFIC PEOPLE ELISSA RIVES AND KATHERINE WHALEY USE THESE CAMERAS TO JUDGE THE TRAFFIC FLOW, AND INSTEAD WE CAN SEE THAT IT'S COVERED IN WATER THIS LOOKS MORE LIKE A LAKE RIGHT NOW, CALMER THAN IT WAS EARLIER

WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT RUSH HOUR WILL BE LIKE TODAY >> IT'S AMAZING, IT ISN'T UNTIL YOU SEE THAT MEDIAN AND YOU REALIZE OH, THAT REALLY IS A FREEWAY THAT'S NOT JUST A RANDOM LAKE OR RIVER RUSHING ALONG BUT THERE ARE CONCERNS NOW BECAUSE I WOULD IMAGINE, ELISSA RIVES HAS REJOINED US, THAT WITH SO MANY OFFICES AND SCHOOLS AND THINGS SHUTTING DOWN EARLY, WE'RE GOING TO GET AN EARLY TRAFFIC RUSH AND PEOPLE WILL BE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AROUND THIS >> RIGHT, WE CAN PREDICT WHAT TRAFFIC MIGHT BE LIKE BASED ON WHAT PEOPLE ARE NOW HEARING

THEY MIGHT BE GETTING A CALL FROM THEIR SON OR DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL OR HEARING THEY NEED TO GET OVER AND MAKE A REPAIR OR DO SOMETHING BECAUSE THE WATER WENT OFF AT A RESTAURANT ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE WILL CAUSE A REAL PROBLEM YOU HAVE THAT ON TOP OF THE REGULAR RUSH HOUR, AND PEOPLE TRYING TO GET OUT EARLY THE PURPLE SHOWS YOU EVERYTHING SHUT DOWN BETWEEN THE EAST FREEWAY DOWN TO 225, BUT AS ERICA SIMON POINTED OUT, EVEN THINGS OVER ON THE GULF FREEWAY ARE FAIRLY CONGESTED, AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AS WE APPROACH THE REAL RUSH HOUR, BUT THE TRAFFIC FLOW ON THESE CORRIDORS SURROUNDING, YOU'RE SEEING THE RESULTS OF THIS AS WELL ON THE EAST FREEWAY, PEOPLE THAT HAD BEEN HOPING TO GET TO THE 610 LOOP HAVING TO MAKE A NEW DECISION

WITH THAT I TAKE YOU OVER TO FEDERAL, THIS IS ANOTHER LOCATION PEOPLE LIKE TO GET OFF AND TAKE A SHORT CUT THROUGH THE TUNNEL THAT ERICA SIMON MENTIONED NOW THAT'S STARTING TO SEE A LOT OF TRAFFIC AS PEOPLE MOVE THROUGH THE EARLY OR LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING YOU HAVE THE EAST BELT WHICH IS VERY BUSY SOUTHBOUND STARTING TO GET BUSIER NORTHBOUND THINGS STILL LOOKING PRETTY GOOD ON 10, BUT IT IS VERY BUSY

NOTHING'S IN THE RED QUITE YET ON I-10, AND THEN 90 NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND IS THE INTERIOR ALTERNATE ROUTE JUST INSIDE 610, ESPECIALLY FOR THE INDUSTRIAL TRAFFIC LIKE THE TRUCKS THAT NORMALLY MOVE THROUGH THE AREA BUT EVERYBODY TRYING TO SEEK AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IT WILL CERTAINLY CAUSE PROBLEMS MOVING THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON THOSE ARE THE ALTERNATE ROUTES STILL IN GOOD WORKING ORDER FOR YOU, BUT OF COURSE THAT CORRIDOR OF THE 610 LOOP, YOU KNOW, IT'S DIFFICULT TO EVEN PREDICT AT THIS POINT

WE DO HAVE A BROAD IDEA OF SOME OF THE STEPS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN THE WATER NEEDS TO STOP FLOWING, SO THEY HAVE TO ISOLATE THAT AND STOP THE WATER THE INTERSTATE NEEDS TO BE DRAINED, AND THEN EVALUATED FOR THE INTEGRITY OF IT THEY NORMALLY SEND OUT ENGINEERS AS SOON AS IT'S CLEAR TO DO THAT, AND YOU KNOW, THERE COULD BE REPAIRS THAT NEED TO BE MADE, CLEAN UP THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE TRAFFIC IS ALLOWED BACK ONTO IT, SO WE'RE STILL A GOOD DISTANCE FROM HAVING THE INTERSTATE REOPENED SO THE VIEW FROM THE CAMERAS, THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON, THIS IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN SHOWING YOU

THE WATER SEEMS TO BE AT A STEADY POINT NOT GETTING ANY HIGHER, BUT NOT GETTING ANY LOWER EITHER SO WE'RE WAITING ANXIOUSLY TO HEAR AND PASS THE INFORMATION ALONG TO YOU FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON AS TO A PLAN OF ATTACKS AS TO WHAT THEY THINK IS HAPPENING HERE, AND HOW THEY'LL CLEAR THE INTERSTATE >> BOY, YEAH, JUST IMAGINING THE HEADACHE WE'LL BE LOOKING AT IN JUST A MATTER OF MINUTES >> IT'S A STRANGE TIME WHEN YOU SEE THE PURPLE ON ONE OF THESE ELISSA RIVES MAPS SAYING THAT STUFF IS JUST SHUT DOWN FOR THE HUGE SWATH OF AREA

BUT AS WE'VE BEEN HEARING, THE REACTION CONTINUES TO POUR IN WE HAVE, I THINK WE HAVE SKY EYE AND VIEWER VIDEOS >> GOOD AFTERNOON TO BOTH OF YOU THIS IS ONE OF THOSE EVENTS THAT REALLY TOUCHES EVERY PERSON ACROSS THE CITY BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF JUST GEOGRAPHY IT TOUCHES WE'VE BEEN WATCHING SOCIAL MEDIA

LET ME SHOW YOU ONE OF THE TWEETS ELISSA RIVES JUST ALLUDED TO THIS THIS TWEET FROM THE HOUSTON MAYOR'S OFFICE SAYING THAT MAYOR TURNER IS RECEIVING A BRIEFING RIGHT NOW ALONG WITH SHERIFF ED GONZALEZ ON THE WATER MAIN BREAK AND A PRESS UPDATE WILL BE HELD SOON WE'LL OF COURSE BRING THAT TO YOU LIVE WHEN IT HAPPENS HERE ON ABC 13 I'M WATCHING ALL THE FEEDS AND KEEPING AN EYE AS THOSE THINGS COME IN

AND IF IT COMES IN WHILE I'M TALKING I'LL STOP TALKING AND TOSS OUT TO THAT IN THE MEANTIME THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT TWEETING THIS DRAMATIC PHOTO LOOKING DOWN AT SOME OF THE ACTIVITY HAPPENING FROM HOUSTON FIRE AS THEY CONTINUE TO ASSIST DRIVERS THAT ARE IMPACTED BY THIS WATER MAIN BREAK AND AS YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, AND IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US, THERE'S A LOT OF PLACES HAVING TO CLOSE AGAIN, THIS IS CITY-WIDE, SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF SCALE THAT THIS HAS WE TALKED ABOUT THE HOUSTON ZOO THAT'S ALSO CLOSING AS WELL

SO A LOT OF PLACES THAT ARE JUST SIMPLY HAVING TO SAY LISTEN, WE'VE GOT TO CLOSE UP SHOP BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH IMPACT FROM WHAT'S GOING ON ONE OTHER TWEET THAT WAS REALLY INTERESTING TO SEE THAT SPEAKS TO YOU, THIS IS COMING TO US, LET ME PUT THE OTHER ONE UP THERE WE GO THIS IS FROM HOUSTON HEALTH SAYING FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS THAT DO NOT HAVE WATER OR FLUSHING TOILETS MUST CEASE OPERATION, SO AGAIN SPEAKING TO THE SCALE OF WHAT THIS IS IF THERE'S A BUSINESS, A RESTAURANT, THEY HAVE TO SHUT DOWN TODAY BECAUSE OF HOW, BECAUSE THAT'S A RULE FROM THE HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT, SO HUGE IMPACT ACROSS THE CITY, NOT JUST ON THE STREETS WHERE THE WATER IS ACTUALLY FLOWING

>> YES, JUST INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW BAD THE SITUATION IS BUT ALSO HOW WIDESPREAD THE PROBLEM IS WE KNOW YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING UPDATES FROM THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THEY TWEETED OUT PICTURES OF THAT RESCUE VEHICLE HAVE THEY BEEN PUTTING ANYMORE TWEETS OUT ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH? >> AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THIS IS AN UNUSUAL CALL FOR THEM THEY GET CALLS FOR LOTS OF THINGS, BUT NOT TYPICALLY FOR FLOODING ON A MAJOR INTERSTATE ON A SUN ANY DAY

TAKING YOU BACK TO THE PHOTO YOU WERE SHOWING, THIS IS, LOOK, AS YOU SEE, AND WE'VE SEEN THE PICTURES FROM SKY EYE, BUT YOU CAN SEE HOW DEEP THE WATER IS IN TRYING TO GO AROUND ON THE INTERSTATES AND RESCUE FOLKS THE LAST NUMBERS I HEARD IS THEY RESCUED AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE OUT OF THE WATER AND WERE STILL TRYING TO SEARCH THE DIFFERENT, UM, VEHICLES I'M SEEING SOME OF THE JAM CAMS HERE AS WE TAKE A LOOK WE KNOW THAT FIRE OFFICIALS ARE STILL ON THE SCENE, IN FACT LET ME SHOW YOU THE CAMERA I'M LOOKING AT HERE THIS IS THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON

YOU CAN SEE A FIRE TRUCK STILL BLOCKING THAT, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE WATER IS RECEDING SOMEWHAT, BUT IT'S NOT MOVING THAT FAR ALONG >> YEAH, MODEST AT THIS POINT MODEST ADVANCES AND SOME OF THE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT, THE GIANT RED TRUCKS THAT HFD HAS NOW, I BELIEVE THEY WERE AWARDED THOSE VEHICLES IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE HARVEY, IS THAT NOT RIGHT? IN SOME CASES IT MAY HAVE BEEN OLD MILITARY VEHICLES TRANSFORMED INTO RESCUE VEHICLES ABLE TO GET A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE BACKS OF THOSE TRUCKS >> CERTAINLY

WHAT WE'VE SEEN TODAY ARE SOME OF THE OLDER VEHICLES WE KNOW THROUGH GRANTS AND OTHER TYPES OF FUNDING MOSTLY FEDERAL FUNDING THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS GOTTEN A LOT OF BRANDS NEW HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES THAT DOESN'T JUST EXTEND TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IT GOES TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS WELL MANY OF THE OTHER AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTY NOW HAVE THESE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES IN PLACE

BUT THEY'RE ALL SCATTERED ACROSS THE COUNTY AND THAT'S INTENTIONAL SO THAT IF THERE WAS A FLOODING EVENT, YOU COULD GET TO MANY OF THE AREAS QUICKLY THE VEHICLES WE'VE SEEN TODAY ARE SOME OF THE OLDER VEHICLES >> OF THIS IS LIKE A BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURE

THIS IS RIGHT AFTER IT STARTED, AND NOW YOU CAN SEE IT'S GONE DOWN SOMEWHAT >> ABSOLUTELY, AND THAT'S SOME GOOD NEWS AND THERE'S A NEW TWEET FROM MAYOR TURNER SAYING QUOTE I'VE AUTHORIZED THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO ISOLATE THE BREAK, DRAIN THE LINES, MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS TO RETURN WATER PRESSURE TO NORMAL LEVELS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE WATER LEVELS, THE WATER PRESSURE SITUATION, IS NOT JUST EFFECTING THE AREA OF 610 AND CLINTON WHERE IT HAPPENED, IT'S ALSO EFFECTING BASICALLY CITY-WIDE REPORTS FROM DOWNTOWN, MONTROSE, SEVERAL HISD SCHOOLS ARE IMPACTED BY THIS, AND MANY BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS ORDERED TO CLOSE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO STAY UP AND RUNNING BECAUSE OF THAT HAVE SITUATION RIGHT NOW WE'RE GOING TO STREAM AN UPDATE LIVE

>> STAY TUNED >>> COMING UP ON ABC 13 AT 3:00, WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW BREAKING NEWS A HUGE WATER MAIN BREAK AT THE 610 EAST LOOP AND CLINTON CAUSING WATER ISSUES AND CLOSURES ALL OVER THE CITY 3 PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THEIR SUBMERGED VEHICLES, AND 12 VEHICLES WERE CLEARED IN TOTAL SEVERAL UNITS REMAIN ON THE SCENE, IN FACT RESCUE VEHICLES ALL OVER

WE'RE KEEPING YOU UPDATED ONLINE AS >> I DO HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS, AN UPDATE FROM MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER HE WAS SAYING BASED ON REPORTS PROVIDED TO HIM, WATER DID NOT INFILTRATE ANYONE'S HOME VERY GOOD TO HEAR AS WE WERE WATCHING FROM SKY EYE EARLIER HOW CLOSE THAT WATER WAS CREEPING UP DRIVEWAYS VERY NEAR TO PEOPLE'S HOMES SO MUCH SO THAT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE INITIALLY SAID IT LOOKED LIKE THE WATER MAY HAVE, BUT NOW WE'RE GETTING THIS REPORT GREAT NEWS TO SEE THAT THE WATER DID NOT INFILTRATE ANYONE'S HOMES WE HOPE THAT CONTINUES TO BE THE CASE AS THE WATER REMAINS

>> ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF THAT WATER JUST FILTHY AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT ANYTHING LIKE THAT GETTING INTO OTHER PEOPLE'S HOMES >> CAN YOU REPEAT THAT? WAS IT UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS? >> WHICH WOULD MAKE SENSE

>> VERY CLOSE NEARBY ALSO THEY ARE CLOSED FOR THE DAY U OF H CAMPUSES HAVE TOLD US THAT TEXAS SOUTHERN >> UNIVERSITY OF ST

THOMAS, THE GREEK ORTHODOX SCHOOL RIGHT OFF OF MONTROSE APPARENTLY MONTROSE AFFECTED A GREAT DAILY, WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF BUSINESSES OVER THERE, AND I WOULD IMAGINE THAT MANY OF THOSE RESTAURANTS ARE ALSO DEALING WITH NO WATER OR LOW WATER, AND HAVE PROBABLY BEEN TOLD BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, AND WE DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE MAYOR IS REALLY ORDERING PEOPLE TO SHUT DOWN >> IT'S A HEALTH DEPARTMENT RULE THEY CANNOT STAY IN OPERATION IF THEY DON'T HAVE WATER SERVICE FOR SANITATION REASONS WE'RE ALSO WAITING FOR THAT UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE

HE'LL BE SPEAKING TO US AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ALONG WITH EMERGENCY OFFICIALS, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS WELL BECAUSE THIS IS SO WIDESPREAD MANY DIFFERENT AREAS ARE HAVING TO RESPOND TO THIS OF COURSE THIS IS ALL IN ADVANCE OF RUSH HOUR WE'VE ALREADY TALKED TO ELISSA RIVAS ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DAILY WITH MANY PEOPLE WERE AT WORK OR SCHOOL WHEN THIS HAPPENED ON A SUNNY DAY

AS SOON AS THEY START TALKING WE'LL BRING YOU THE UPDATES FROM THEM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE DID SAY, THE MAYOR ACTUALLY TWEETED THIS, THERE ARE CONTRACTORS ON THE SCENE, AND THEY'VE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO DO WHATEVER THEY HAVE TO TO DRAIN THE WATER AWAY FROM THE BREAK SO THEY CAN REPAIR IT TO TRY TO RESTORE WATER SERVICE TO THE CITY OF COURSE, NO ONE WAS EXPECTING THAT WE WOULD BE DEALING WITH THIS TODAY >> AND THE IMMEDIATE QUESTION FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, OF COURSE, IS GETTING AROUND TOWN WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC AND WILL I BE ABLE TO GO AND PICK UP MAY KIDS, WILL I BE ABLE TO GET HOME AFTER WORK ESPECIALLY IF MY OFFICE HAS SHUT DOWN

BUT THE LARGER ISSUE BECOMES WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE WATER >> RIGHT >> AND WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A 96-INCH WATER MAIN, OBVIOUSLY THIS AFFECTS A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THE CITY, AS WE CONTINUE TO GET THESE CALLS IN AND TWEETS AND THINGS THERE PEOPLE LEGIT US KNOW ABOUT WATER PRESSURE IN THEIR AREA AND I IMAGINE THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE A SEVERAL-HOUR REPAIR THAT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT LONGER THAN

THAT WE WILL GET SOME BETTER WORD FROM THE MAYOR IN JUST A FEW MINUTES THIS IS AFTER MANY OF THE VEHICLES HAD BEEN TAKEN OFF THE FREEWAY, HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO TURN AROUND WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND, A LOT OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES THERE ARE SEVERAL OF THOSE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES THERE YOU CAN SEE A FIRE TRUCK OR TWO ALONG WITH A LOT OF POLICE UNITS

SO AT THIS POINT IT'S REALLY EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD OUT THERE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THIS >> GAS STATIONS >> EXACTLY AT LEAST THIS GAS STATION TACK ON A LOT OF WATER THAT IS RIGHT THERE AT THE FREEWAY AT 610 AND CLINTON

UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT IN THE PATH BUT THIS GIVES AWE SENSE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING EARLIER TODAY WHEN POLICE OFFICIALS WERE ABLE TO TURN MOST OF THESE TRUCKS AND THINGS AROUND AND REMEMBER, THIS IS OVER IN THAT INDUSTRIAL AREA BY THE SHIP CHANNEL SO A LOT OF 8 WHEELERS AND GIANT TRUCKS TRAVEL THAT SITE >> A STRANGE SIGHT TO SEE THEM TURNING AROUND AND GOING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION ON THOSE FREEWAY LANES

>> THEY WERE ABLE TO GET EVERYBODY OFF USING SOME OF THOSE EXIT RAMPS NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE 610, BUT I- 10 IS RIGHT THERE, AND A LOT OF TRUCKS ARE TRAVELING COAST TO COAST >> MAIN ARTERIES RIGHT THROUGH OUR CITY WE'VE HEARD FROM ERICA SIMON, DEBORAH WRIGLEY, MARLA CARTER, JUST A FEW OF THE PEOPLE WE HAVE SPREAD ACROSS THIS AREA WE ARE HEARING FROM CITY OFFICIALS

WE'RE WAITING FOR THAT PRESS CONFERENCE BUT THEY'RE OUT TALKING TO THE REAL PEOPLE WOULD WERE AFFECTED WE KNOW AT LEAST A DOZEN CARS OUT THERE HAVE BEEN PUT UNDERWATER WE SAW THE RESCUE OF THREE PEOPLE WHO LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE IN SOME TYPE OF WORK VEHICLES SO THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CARS IT LOOKS LIKE THE WATER HAS MADE ITS WAY INTO PEOPLE'S YARDS

MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER TWEETING THAT THE WATER DID NOT GO INTO ANYONE'S HOMES, WHICH OF COURSE IS A GOOD THING, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE NOT DEALING WITH A LOT OF DAMAGE WE'LL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT JUST HOW MUCH MONEY IT WILL COST TO ACTUALLY FIX ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED AS WELL AS ALL THE MONEY BEING LOST FROM BUSINESSES BEING FORCED TO SHUT DOWN NOT ONLY RESTAURANTS, BUT THE HOUSTON ZOO IS SHUT DOWN MANY SCHOOLS WE'VE HEARD FROM THE HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

MANY OF THEIR CLINICS HAVE HAD TO CLOSE SO THE IMPACT OF THIS JUST CONTINUES I GUESS ONE SAVING GRACE IS THAT IT HAPPENED AROUND NOON INSTEAD OF HAPPENING AROUND MORNING OR EVENING RUSH HOUR WHEN MANY MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE OUT THERE THAN JUST THE THREE WE SAW RESCUED WHICH IS WHAT YOU ARE WATCHING ON YOUR SCREEN FROM EARLIER WHEN THAT HFD RESCUE TRUCK WENT UP AND WAS ABLE TO GET TO THOSE PEOPLE ON TOP OF THEIR WORK VEHICLES AND PULLED THEM TO SAFETY, WHICH WAS AMAZING TO SEE HAPPEN IN REAL TIME ALSO INCREDIBLE THAT NO ONE ELSE WAS TRAPPED IN THEIR VEHICLES >> ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SAW HOW FAST THAT WATER ROSE ON THE FREEWAYS

IT'S REALLY FRIGHTENING WE TALKED A SHORT WHILE AGO TO ERICA SIMON WHAT TOLD US HOW LONG IT TOOK HER TO GET TO THE SCENE TO TRY TO BEGIN REPORTING SHE WAS LOOKING TO GET OVER TO WHERE THE MAYOR WAS HOLDING HER PRESS CONFERENCE ARE YOU NOW AT THAT GAS STATION THAT WAS VERY CLOSE TO 610 AND CLINTON, THE ONE THAT WE'VE BEEN SEEING FROM ABOVE? >> Reporter: I THINK SO MEL, BECAUSE WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW LOOKS LIKE WHITE WATER RAPIDS I'M NOT WITH THE MAYOR

OUR MARLA CARTER BUT WHILE WE WERE BREAKING OFF WE CAME OVERHEAR ON THE CORNER OF CAROLINA AND CLINTON YOU CAN SEE HOW FAST THE WATER IS STILL GUSHING ACCORDING TO THE PEOPLE AROUND HERE THEY SAY THE WATER MAIN BREAK WAS JUST TO THE LEFT OF THIS RIVER I WANT TO SEE IF ANTHONY CAN SWING AROUND AND SHOW YOU HOW FAR UP THIS IS COMING TO THE GAS STATION

LOOK AT THIS GUYS OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN'T GET GAS AT THIS PARTICULAR GAS STATION YOU CAN'T WALK UP TO IT WITHOUT RISKING STEPPING INTO THIS MUCKER AND DIRTY WATER WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN IT YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE SOME RESCUE VEHICLES

THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE KEEPING PEOPLE BLOCKED FROM GOING OVER THIS BRIM, BUT WAY CALL THIS GROUND ZERO FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM THIS IS WHERE WE'VE SEEN THE MOST CONCENTRATE OF RESCUE OFFICIALS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE AGAIN, I WANT TO SEE IF I CAN TELL ANTHONY TO SHOW MY FEET I'VE GOT SOME BOOTS I FOUND IN THE CAR LOOK AT THIS MUD

I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S IN THE WATER I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN TALKING TO OFFICIALS AND PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT COULD BE, BUT THAT'S JUST WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH PEOPLE ARE ADVISED CERTAINLY DON'T COME TO THIS AREA OF CAROLINA AND CLINTON RIGHT NOW BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET THROUGH EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT ON FAT, IT'S PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA BASED ON WOULD I JUST SHOWED WITH YOU MY BOOTS >> A WORD OF WARNING TO ERICA AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT'S OUT IN THAT WATER, AS SOON AS YOU ARE DONE, YOUNG LADY, YOU NEED TO GO AND WASH ALL OF THAT OFF

>> Reporter: YES, MA'AM, YOU GOT IT I'M GLAD YOU SAID THAT, BECAUSE AGAIN, I CAN'T TELL WHAT IS IN HERE, BUT IT'S SLICK, IT'S MUDDY, IT'S THICK AND SO OBVIOUSLY WHATEVER IS FLOWING BY HERE IS KIND OF DEPOSITING RIGHT HERE AT THE BASE OF THIS GAS STATION SO CERTAINLY NOT GOOD IT'S KIND OF HARD TO GET OUT OF AS WELL

A COUPLE OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COME OUT OF THEIR HOMES Y'ALL MENTIONED WHETHER OR NOT HOMES HAD BEEN FLOODED IT LOOKS LIKE, IF YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THROUGH THIS SEA OF PEOPLE, THAT IT'S COME UP TO THE FRONT YARDS OF SOME OF THESE HOMES, BUT THANKFULLY IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT'S GOTTEN INTO ANY HOMES SO FAR IT LOOKS CONTAINED TO THIS STREAM OF A RIVER RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US BUT BASED ON HOW MUCH WATER IS OUT HEAR, IT'S GOING TO TAKE AWHILE TO GET THIS PUMPED UP, CLEANED OUT, AND SEE WHAT'S NEXT

BUT OF COURSE WE'LL STAY ON TOP OF THAT HERE FROM OUR LOCATIONS >> OF COURSE THE CONCERN ABOUT GETTING WATER IN THOSE GAS PUMPS >> ERICA, THANK YOU FOR THAT REPORT HOPEFULLY YOU ARE ABLE TO WASH THAT OFF, BECAUSE AS WE SPOKE WITH DR NOR REIN, OUR TOX DOC, SHE MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF SEWAGE BEING IN THAT WATER

OF COURSE, THE DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN TOXICOLOGY, THAT IS HER BIGGEST CONCERN AS YOU MENTIONED TO ERICA, THE IMPORTANCE OF WASHING OFF ANY SKIN THAT WAS EXPOSED SHE SAYS YOU SHOULD I DON'T SAY ACE SO PRO PILL ALCOHOL TO CLEAN WOUNDS VERY IMPORTANT GREAT UPDATE FROM HER

IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO POINT OUT TO MS ERICA OUT THERE >> YOU AND I WORRY ABOUT OUR FOLKS ERICA IS YOUR CO-ANCHOR >> GOT TO WATCH OUT FOR HER

>> BUT IT IS A GOOD POINT, BECAUSE A LOT OF US DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT RIGHT AWAY AND SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO UPDATE YOU ON WHAT IS HAPPENING WE'RE BEING TOLD BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, THEY ARE TWEETING FAIRLY REGULARLY, THAT THEY HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH CONTRACTORS WHAT ARE TRYING TO WORK ON REPAIRING THAT WATER MAIN SO THAT IT STOPS SPEWING OUT WATER THE WAY IT HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS NOW WE DON'T KNOW IF THAT IN ANY WAY IS GOING TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY IT'S GOT TO BE REPAIRED

AND HOW LONG IS THAT GOING TO TAKE? ALL RIGHT, ERICA RIGHT NOW TALKING TO SOMEONE LIVE LET'S HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY >> WHAT'S THE CITY GOING TO DO? >> Reporter: BUT YOU WERE HERE WHEN IT FIRST HAPPENED >> YES, MA'AM >> Reporter: WHAT WAS HAPPENING? >> I SEEN THAT CAR GOING THAT WAY GOT TURNED AROUND, LIKE IT'S FACING THAT WAY, AND THE OLD MAN WAS STUCK

WEPT OVER AND HELPED HIM OUT [INAUDIBLE] >> WITH THAT INTERVIEW, OUR ERICA SIMONS IS GETTING, WE'RE HEARING HE HELPED A MAN STUCK WE SEE THIS, HOUSTONIANS HELPING PEOPLE OUT THIS SEEMS LIKE A MANMADE DISASTER, A 96-INCH WATER MAIN WE SEE THE VEHICLE THIS IS WHAT WE WATCHED, RESCUED LIVE FROM SKY EYE, SHOWING US AS RESCUED THREE PEOPLE

NOW WE SEAT THERE OUTSIDE OF THAT GAS STATION ALSO TRYING TO GET BACK UP ON SOME DRYLAND RIGHT NOW JUST SO MUCH WATER IN THAT AREA THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO DEAL WITH, AND SHOWING YOU VIDEO FROM EARLIER ON THE GROUND IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WITH US FOR LONG, YOU CAN SEE THIS IS THAT AREA OF 610 AND CLINTON WHERE THAT 96-INCH WATER MAIN BROKE IT HAPPENED REALLY QUICK

I'D SAY WITHIN A LITTLE MORE THAN AN HOUR WHEN IT GOT REALLY BAD, REALLY FAST FOR THOSE AREAS >> YOU CAN REALLY SEE THAT THIS IS VIEWER VIDEO SET IN BY SEVERAL OF OUR VIEWERS WOULD HAPPENED TO GET CAUGHT IN THAT WATER ON THE FREEWAY FORTUNATELY FOR THEM IT LOOKS AS IF THEY WERE ABLE TO MOVE THROUGH IT PRETTY QUICKLY BUT YOU CAN SEE HOW FAST IT WAS RISING THERE AND AGAIN, THESE ARE SOME OF THE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES WE WERE TALKING TO KEATON ABOUT A FEW MINUTES AGO

MANY OF THESE GOTTEN IN THE WAKE OF HARVEY AS A RESULT OF GRANTS FROM THE FEDS AS WELL AS THE STATE, AND THEY ARE CERTAINLY COMING IN HANDY ON A MOST UNEXPECTED DAY, DAY WHEN THE SKY COULD NOT BE BLUER AND THE SUN SHINIER >> HOUSTON IS ONE CITY EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH FLOODS USUALLY FOLLOWING HEAVY RAINFALL, BUT IN THIS CASE FOLLOWING A WATER MAIN BREAK WE DID HAVE THOSE VEHICLES READY GUYS, THERE ARE SO MANY CLOSURES TO TELL YOU ABOUT

OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO THE HEARD FROM HISD SCAMS RIGHT NOW ABOUT ANY CLOSURES, BUT THEY ARE GIVING THEIR STUDENTS BOTTLED WATER THEY HAVE CANCELED AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, BUT THEY STILL HAVE PLAYOFF GAMES THEY SAY THOSE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE WE ALSO HAVE SOME U OF H CAMPUSES >> U OF H CENTRAL CAMPUS IS CLOSED

WE DO UNDERSTAND THEIR SUGAR LAND AND KATY CAMPUSES WILL CONTINUE THEY HAVE STOPPED ALL THEIR CLASSES AND CLOSED SHOP UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS IS CLOSED AS WELL AND THIS IS A BIG DEAL

MD ANDERSON HOSPITAL ALSO OUT OF WATER AND HAS DECLARED A BUILDING EMERGENCY THIS IS A VERY MAJOR ISSUE, ESPECIALLY SINCE THAT IS A CANCER HOSPITAL, MANY PEOPLE RECEIVING TREATMENT MULTIPLE CENTERS AS PART OF THE HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM HAVE ALSO CLOSED DOWN

IN FACT, IF YOU'RE HEADED THAT WAY, YOU BETTER CHECK BEFORE YOU GO BECAUSE MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN OTHER BUSINESSES ON HOLCOMB, THAT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE MEDICAL CENTER, HAVE BEEN CLOSING AS WELL, ALONG WITH THE HOUSTON ZOO, WHICH IS RIGHT IN THAT SAME AREA THEY ARE CLOSED FOR THE DAY AS WELL >> THIS IS IMPORTANT >> THIS IS SOMETHING WE'RE JUST HEARING

>> THE EARLY VOTING LOCATION AT HCC AND ANNE YOUNG LIBRARY CLOSED DOWN EARLY VOTING, HOPEFULLY THOSE CENTERS WILL BE BACK UP AND RUNNING SHORTLY, BUT RIGHT NOW THEY ARE SHUT DOWN AT THE HCC AND YOUNG LIBRARY THE IMPACT NOT SURPRISING SENATE LOOKS AS THOUGH SOME OF THE DOWNTOWN COURT BUILDINGS ARE ALSO CLOSING, OR CERTAINLY STOPPING EARLY WE ARE SEEING SOME OF THESE LISTS REALLY FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, BUT WE'VE GOT A FULL LITS ON ABC13

COM, AND WAY SUGGEST THAT BEFORE YOU HEAD ANYWHERE TODAY, I HAVE A FEELING YOU MAY WANT TO CALL AHEAD >> LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN WE SEE HOUSTON POLICE CHIEF ART ACEVEDO WALKING UP WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR HIM AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES FROM MAYOR TURNER'S OFFICE OUR MARLA CARTED SER THERE SHE HAS BEEN TRYING TO TALK WITH OFFICIALS

WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HEAR FROM THEM THE LAST INFORMATION WE HAVE FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE ON TWITTER IS THAT WE HAVE CONTRACTORS ON THE SCENE OF THAT 96-INCH WATER MAIN BREAK AT 610 AND CLINTON TRYING TO DRAIN WATER AWAY SO THEY'RE ABLE TO GET TO THE BREAK AND REPAIR IT THEY'RE NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO FIND ONCE THEY GET IN THERE, BECAUSE IT'S UNDERWATER NOW >> YOU ALSO SEE THE COUNTY JUDGE, LENA HIDALGO HOW APPROPRIATE THAT THE POLICE CHIEF IS WALKING ALONG READING HIS SOCIAL MEDIA

I'M SURE THEY'RE GETTING A LOT OF INFORMATION FROM REGULAR CITIZENS LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON >> THE CHIEF AND SYLVESTER TURNER, OUR MAYOR, AND ALSO SHERIFF GONZALES ALL ACTIVE OF COURSE, IT'S TAKEN OUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS A LONG TIME TO MAKE IT THERE BECAUSE IT'S TAKEN EVERYONE A LONG TIME TO GET AROUND ANYWHERE IN THAT AREA OUR ERICA SIMON WAS TELLING US THAT OUR ASSIGN BMENT DESK WAS HAVING TO REROUTE HER AND GIVE HER SORT OF BACK ROADS TO MAKE HER WAY OVER THERE, SO THAT'S JUST A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S TO COME FOR OUR RUSH HOUR AS PEOPLE TRY TO HEAD HOME FROM WORK AND SCHOOL, ALL THESE LOCATIONS THAT MAY BE SHUTTING DOWN ALREADY OF COURSE WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT UPDATE, MORE ON WOULD THEY EXPECT TO US DO AND TIMELINES TO GET THIS WATER OUT OF THE WAY

>> WELL, AND I JUST KEEP TRYING TO WRAP MY MIND AROUND A 96- INCH WATER MAIN THAT IS EIGHT FEET ACROSS, WHICH IS JUST INCREDIBLE >> MASSIVE >> YOU'VE GOT TO IMAGINE THAT A MAIN THAT MASSIVE CROMS SUCH A HUGE PART OF THE CITY THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE SMALLER MAINS THAT ARE RUNNING OFF A BIG ONE

>> LOOK AT THAT THAT WAS THE HEIGHT OF IT WHEN IT WAS CONTINUOUSLY GUSHING THAT'S 12:36 PM ON THE LEFT SIDE, AND THEN A LITTLE LESS THAN AN HOUR LATER, 1:25 P

M YOU CAN SEE IT'S STILL FLOWING IT'S JUST BEEN SUBSIDED HOPEFULLY THE SCENE IS EVEN BETTER NOW AS WE WAIT TO HEAR THAT UPDATE ON WHAT EXACTLY THE FALLOUT FROM ALL OF THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESSY SITUATION, NOT ONLY FOR PEOPLE WOULD LIVE AND WORK TAN AREA BUT ALL OVER TOWN

MONTROSE, DOWNTOWN, PEOPLE WITHOUT WATER PRESSURE BECAUSE OF JUST, AS YOU WERE SAYING, HOW HUGE THAT WATER MAIN WAS >> THE MOTHER OF ALL WATER MAIN BREAKS I KEEP CALLING IT BUT THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT RIGHT THERE IN THE MEDICAL CENTER THAT IS DRAMATICALLY AFFECTED AS WE'RE SEEING SCURLOCK AND SMITH TOWER CLOSING THOSE ARE THOSE MASSIVE TOWERS THERE WITH MANY, MANY DOCTORS AOFFICES IN SCURLOCK AND SMITH TOWERS

SO FAIRLY CRITICAL EVIDENCE AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST WHEN WE'VE HAD HURRICANES OR MAJOR STORMS, THE MEDICAL CENTER IS ALWAYS A PLACE OF GREAT CONCERN BECAUSE OF SO MANY PEOPLE WHAT NEED TO BE THERE FOR IMPORTANT TREATMENTS AND SURGERIES AND THE LAKE ONCE AGAIN WE JUST KEEP LOOKING AT THESE PICTURES BECAUSE THEY ARE SO AMAZING THEY REALLY ARE AS YOU SEE THOSE THREE PEOPLE YOU'VE GOT TO IMAGINE THEY'RE THANKING THEIR LUCKY STARS

>> IT LOOKS LIKE MUD, NOT EVEN WATER IT'S HARD TO TELL WHAT'S IN ALL OF THAT >> IS IT SEWAGE, IS IT RESIDUE, IS IT MUD? THEY JUST DON'T KNOW AS YOU CAN SEA FROM THE LIVE SHOT'S VERY THICK AND CLAMMY >> NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BE WADING AROUND

OUR TOX DOC WAS TELLING US THE IMPORTANCE OF WASHING YOUR SKIN OFF >> WE CAN'T FAMILY SIZE ENOUGH THE NUMBER OF CLOSURES THAT ARE GOING TO BE OUT THERE THOSE THAT WE CAN DEFINITELY TELL YOU ABOUT, LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS SOUTHERN, AND UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS, AND THEN MANY OTHERS THAT WE CAN'T TELL YOU ABOUT, LIKE RESTAURANTS YOU HAPPEN TO LIKE, OR YOUR FAVORITE CLEANERS OR STORES WE DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT EXACTLY HOW MANY RESTAURANTS OR STORES ARE OUT OF WATER

WE ARE URGING YOU TO CALL BEFORE YOU GO >> NOT ONLY IS THE PLACE PROBABLY CLOSED, BUT TRYING TO GET THERE MAY BEA NIGHTMARE >> YOU ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO WANT TO CALL AHEAD YOU CAN SEE AS WE'VE BEEN SHOWING YOU THESE VEHICLES THAT ARE TRAPPED, YOU ALSO SEE HOW HIGH THE WATER SON THOSE VEHICLES HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET SOME MORE INFORMATION ON THE DIRECT IMPACTS AROUND THAT AREA BUT ALSO WHAT WE'RE GOING STIEN FUTURE

WE'VE SEEN WHAT THE WATER HAS ALREADY DONE NOW WE'RE TRYING TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN, THE DIRECT IMPACT ON RUSH HOUR BUT ALSO IN THE DAYS AHEAD WE'LL HAVE TO FINALLY FIND OUT HOW MUCH DAMAGE HAS BEEN CAUSED, HOW MANY BUSINESSES ARE AFFECTED IT LOOKS LIKE HOMES MAY BE BLOCKED BY THAT WATER, AS WELL AS PEOPLE'S CARS IT'S JUST SUCH A WIDESPREAD, HOW MUCH OF AN AREA IS AFFECTED

>> WE KEEP HEARING, IT MAY TAKE A COUPLE OF HOURS I'M GOING GO WAY OUT ON A LIMB TO SAY THAT THIS PROBLEM IS MUCH, MUCH BIGGER THAN THAT AS WE SEE THE OFFICIALS, I HAVE A FEELING THEY'RE GOING, OH MY GOODNESS WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW >> THEY DO THAT HUDDLE BEFORE THEIR PRESS CONFERENCE, AS THEY DO MANY TIMES TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE ABLE TO TELL US LET'S HEAD OVER TO ELISSA RIVAS BRINGING US THE LATEST ON WHAT WE'RE GOING EXPECT FOR THAT HORRIFYING TIME OF THINK FOR OUR COMMUTE

>> Reporter: I WAS JUST TURNING AROUND CHECKING OUT THIS PICTURE THAT UNFORTUNATELY HAS NOT CHANGED FOR US IN QUITE SOME TIME WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAP AND SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHERE THIS IS HAPPENING, THE EAST LOOP SHUT DOWN BETWEEN I-10 AND 2:25 THIS IS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ALTERNATE ROUTES THE HARRIS COUNTY TOLL ROAD AUTHORITY HAS SEPTEMBER OUT NEW INFORMATION

DUE TO THE FLOODING WE WILL WAVE THE TOLLS ON THE SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY THIS IS YOUR ALTERNATE ROUTE BETWEEN THE EAST TEX FREEWAY AND THE SOUTHWEST FREEWAY SO BETWEEN 59 AND 59 THEY ARE WAVING THE TOLL, ESSENTIAL ON THE EAST SAID OF HARRIS COUNTY, INCLUDING THE TOLLS AT THE ENTRANCE AND EXIT RAMPS SO THEY ARE REALLY KIND OF STEPPING UP IF YOU ARE NOT A TOLL ROAD YASSER, I HAVE PEOPLE IN MAY FAMILY, THEY DON'T LIKE THE TOLL ROADS, THEY DON'T HAVE ATA, THEY NEVER GO ON THEM SO THIS IS THE TIME

THEY HAVE WAVED THE TOP GO AHEAD AND USE THAT AS YOUR ALTERNATE ROUTE WE DID GET NOTES FROM HOUSTON TRANSTAR, THERE'S A NORTHBOUND ACCIDENT ON THE EAST BELT RIGHT BEFORE THE SHIP CHANNEL BRIDGE SO YOU SEE THE BACKUP BEHIND THAT THAT'S AN ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR YOU BUT IT WILL BE SLOW DUE TO AN ACCIDENT

WE CAN EXPECT THAT WE'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE ALL OUR NORMAL LEVEL OF ACT AS HAPPENING, BUT OF COURSE WITHOUT THE EAST LOOP AS THAT VALVE TO HELP US RELIEVE SOME OF THE PRESSURE ON OUR CORRIDORS THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON SHUT DOWN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FROM 10 TO 25 >> WE CONTINUE TO SEE THE FALLOUT THIS PRESS CONFERENCE STILL BEING PREPARED OF COURSE WE'RE ALSO GETTING READY FOR OUR ABC13 EYEWITNESS NEWS COMING UP AT 3:00

AND WE'LL HAVE THAT PRESSER JUST AS SOON AS WE GET IT WITH CHAUNCY AND MIDA >> WE WISHED WE HAD BEEN ABLE TO SAY, HEY, GUESS WHAT, THE FREE SWAY BACK OPEN THAT IS CLEARLY NOT THE CASE AS YOU LOOK AT THAT LIVE PICTURE FROM OUR TRANSTAR CAMERAS, AND THIS PROBLEM SEEMS TO HAVE BECOME MUCH, MUCH LARGER THAN ANYBODY THOUGHT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LIVE COVERAGE ALL AFTERNOON BEGINNING ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 3:00 COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE ON DIGITAL

BUT CONTINUE TO CHECK BACK IN WE'VE GOT ALL KINDS OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH ARE CLOSURES >> SO MANY CLOSURES >> DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS, NOT ONLY UNIVERSITIES BUT AS WELL HOSPITALS AND THE MEDICAL CENTERS GO TO ABC13

COM AND GET ALL OF THAT INFORMATION, ALSO ON OUR NEWS APP BUT IN THE MEANTIME IF YOU'RE HEADED ANYWHERE TODAY, AS THEY SAY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO PACK A LITTLE PATIENCE >> PACK A LITTLE PATIENCE >> THIS IS A UNIQUE SITUATION FOR HORNINGS BUT WE'RE ALL GOING TO HAVE TO JUST TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND GET THROUGH IT FOR STEVEN ROMO, I'M MELANIE LAWSON

WE'LL SEE YOU IN JUST A FEW MINUTES ON AIR MAYOR FROM — YES, THANK YOU THEN THE SHERIFF AND THE POLICE CHIEF AND FIRE CHIEF AND LET ME JUST PROVIDE AN UPDATE AS TO WHETHER WE ARE AND AND THIS MORNING THERE'S A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR & THEN THAT'S THE LINE AND THERE'S A GROUND CREW THE MAIN LINE AND THAT'S — AND 96 INCHES AND IN FACT FROM THE WATER AND THE NORTHEAST WATER PURIFICATION PLANT AND THAT'S 40 TO 50% OF THE WATER IN THE HOUSTON AREA THIS WAS A MAJOR MAJOR BREAK AS YOU CAN SEE, IT PRODUCED A LOT OF WATER AND STILL PRODUCING A LOT OF WATER

I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE LINE HAS BEEN ISOLATE ISOLATED ON BOTH ENDS THEY'RE ISOLATED ON BOTH ENDS UNTIL IT FULLY DRAINS AND THEN IT'S THE PHOTO DRAINAGE AND THEN THAT'S DIMINISHING AT A RATE WE'RE DOINGER THAT WE CAN AND WORKING WITH THE TEX DOT IN ORDER TO PUMP UP THAT WATER OKAY

FOR RIGHT NOW UNTIL THE LINE — UNTIL THE LINE DRAINS, IT WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE WATER WE'RE WATCHING THE HOMES ALONG CLINTON DRIVE BECAUSE THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE SEEN THE AREA, THE WATER KIND OF GETTING CLOSE IN PEOPLE'S YARDS WE WANT TO WATCH IT VERY CAREFULLY I HAVE INSTRUCTED THEM TO BRING THINGS OUT AND TO HELP SECURE PEOPLE'S HOME TO KEEP THE WATER FROM ENTERING THEIR HOMES THE WATER PRESSURE HAS BEEN LOW SINCE THIS ALIGNED AND ERUPTED

THE WATER PRESSURE I SUSPECT IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE LOW OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS NOW, IN SOME PLACES IT MAYBE A LITTLE BIT FOR ALL PURPOSES, LET'S JUST SAY THAT THE WATER PRESSURE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE LOW FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS THAT INCLUDES THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND ALSO GOING TO THE MEDICAL CENTER AREA FOR EXAMPLE, THE MUNICIPAL COURT HAS BEEN AFFECTED, AND WE SEE THAT FOR THE COURTS FOR THE REST OF THE DAY

SO THE WATER PRESSURE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOW FOR ANY FOOD ESTABLISHMENT IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, FOOD IS BEING SERVED AND YOU DON'T HAVE WATER, THEY MUST LEGALLY CEASE OPERATIONS IF YOU'RE A FOOD ESTABLISH NULLITY AND DON'T HAVE WATER, IT'S ONE THING TO HAVE A LOW PRESSURE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE WATER, YOU HAVE TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE PRETTY MUCH THROUGHOUT OUR LARGE PORTION OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON AREA DROPPED SO LOW, JUST BASED ON TEXAS COMMISSIONER ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITIES, THE POLICIES, I ANTICIPATE THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO BOIL WATER IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

IF YOU'RE APART OF THE HOUSTON WATER SYSTEM NOW, THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE KINGWOOD FOR EXAMPLE OR CLEAR LAKE FOR THE REST OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON, FOR THE NEXT 4 HOURS, FOR THE PURPOSES AND OTHER POLICIES, I ANTICIPATE THEM ISSUING AN ORDER SAYING THAT THE PEOPLE IN HOUSE TO BE WILL HAVE TO BOIL WATER FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS I OUR GOAL IS TO MOVE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, AND I HAVE INSTRUCTED THE PUBLIC WORKS TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEP STEPS IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE BREAK AND THEN TO SHUT IT OFF AND TO DRAIN THE LINES AND MAKE THE REPAIRS AND TO DO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE NOW, I ANTICIPATE TO DO ALL OF THAT WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT HOURS

IT'S A MAIN BREAK IWOULD JUST SAY TO PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, ANTICIPATE HAVING TO KIND OF EXPERIENCE LOW PRESSUR FOR ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT HOURS EVEN THOUGH WITHIN THE SIX TO EIGHT HOURS IN SOME PLACES THE PRESSURE MAY START TO RISE AGAIN THIS IS JUST FROM A GENTLEMEN PERSPECTIVE SIX TO EIGHT HOURS THAT'S PRETTY MUCH THAT'S PRETTY MUCH WHERE WE ARE

I DO WANT TO THANK TEX DOT FOR THEIR SUPPORT ESPECIALLY IN PUMPING WATER I WANT TO THANK THE FIRST RESPONDERS, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS FOR RESPONDING VERY QUICKLY THE CHIEF IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO TELL YOU THAT THERE'S PROBABLY ABOUT 12 VEHICLES THAT WERE TRAPPED IN THE WATER ON 610 AND CLINTON NO INJURIES AT ALL WERE REPORTED

THAT'S A GOOD THING LET ME IF YOU CAN HOLD FOR A SECOND AND LET ME GET THROUGH THIS I THINK THAT COVERED EVERYTHING THAT I WANTEDsED TO LAY OUT THE OTHER THINGS IS THAT OVER THE COURSE OF NEXT SEVERAL HOURS IS THAT WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO CONSERVE THE WATER LET ME JUST ENCOURAGE YOU DO THAT

I JUST WANT TO TELL PEOPLE THERE WAS A MAIN WATER BREAK OF 96 INCHES THIS MORNING PRESSURE IS LOW IT'S GOING TO REMAIN LOW FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS, AND PEOPLE ARE WORKING TO GET THINGS RESTORED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE EVEN THOUGH THAT THE BREAK HAS BEEN SHUT OFF ON BOTH ENDS, IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME TO DRAIN THE WATER OUT OF THE LINES, AND SO IT'S GOING TO TAKE ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT HOURS TO GET THE WORK FULLY DONE >> I'M SORRY

COUNCIL MEMBER JERRY DAVIS IS ALSO PRESENT JUDGE >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAYOR SO FOR THIS INCIDENT, HARRIS COUNTY IS ACTIVATED TO A LEVEL THREE WE'RE SUPPORTING THE CITY OF HOUSTON IN THIS INCIDENT WITH ANYTHING THAT THEY ASK OF US

WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW IS OF COURSE THE MAYOR WENT OVER THE SITUATION SHERIFF CON SALLESS HAS BEEN SUPPORTING THE TRAFFIC SIDE OF THINGS THE COURT COMPLEX DOWNTOWN AND THE DOWNTOWN COUNTY BUILDINGS, WE'RE REDUCING TO THE PERSONNEL SINCE WE HAVE THE LOW WATER PRESSURE THAT'S A FIRE ISSUE FOR THE SPRING LETTER SYSTEM WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THOSE AT THE JAIL AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE TAKEN CARE OF THE JUVENILES IN THE DETENTION CENTER ARE BEING MOVE TODAY THE BBRC FACILITY IN CHIMNEY ROCK

WE'RE WORKING WITH CMOCK, THE NETWORK OF HOSPITALS ATHEY'RE ALL IN CLOSE TOUCH WE HAVE HEARD REPORT THAT IS THE WATER PRESSURE IS DOWN IN THE HOSPITAL CENTER AND MEDICAL CENTER THEYHAVE THE BACK UP WATER SYSTEMS WE'RE READY TO HELP COORDINATE AND SUPPORT WHEREVER POSSIBLE

OUR HARRIS COUNTY TOOL AUTHORITY IS ALSO WAVING TOLLS FROM 59 NORTH TO 45 EAST TO MAKE SURE THAT FOLKS CAN GET HOME IF THEY NEED TO IT'S TOUGH TO HEAR ABOUT THE ROADWAYS WHEN THERE'S NOTHING COMING FROM THE SKY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW ALL OF THE PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT ARE HERE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY THE MAYOR AND I ARE WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER WE'RE WORKING TO SEE WHO ALL NEEDS THE WATER FROM THE PLANT AND WHO ALL IS IMPACTED BY THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY, AND WE WILL MAKE SURE AND SHARE THAT AS WELL THEREARE FOLKS THAT ARE PART OF THE COUNTY THAT RECEIVE WATER FROM THIS PLANT

IT'S BECAUSE OF THE BACTERIA TO FORM IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THAT BOILED WATER ADVISORY I WILL REPEAT THE REMARKS IN SPANISH AS WELL >> YOU HAVE BEEN LISTEN TO GO THIS NEWS CONFERENCE SPEAKING NOW IN SPANISH, BUT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT THE HUGE WATER MAIN BREAK THAT'S AFFECTED A HUGE PORTION OF THE CITY AS YOU CAN SEE, IT ACTUALLY GOT SOME CARS FLOODED OUT IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CITY AS WELL

WEHAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HOW THEY'RE GOING TO FIX THIS THEY SAY THAT IT'S POSSIBLY GOING TO BE SIX TO EIGHT HOURS BEFORE THEY GAIN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING AND COME PLEAT THE JOB >> THE GOOD NEWS IS TALKING ABOUT HOW THE LINE IS ISOLATE AND SHUT OF ON BOTH ENDS HE SAID THAT A PRIVATE COMPANY — THIS ALL STARTED THIS MORNING WHEN A PRIVATE COMPANY WAS DOING REPAIR WORK WHEN THE MAIN LINE AND WHAT THIS MAYOR CALLED A MAJOR LINE SUDDENLY BURST RIGHT NOW PRODUCING A LOT OF WATER

UNTIL IT BRAIN DRAINS, WE'RE GOING SEE THAT ON THE HIGHWAY S HIGHWAYS A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVING TO MANEUVER AROUND THIS >> YEAH, ALL OF THE TRAFFIC THAT'S ON A NORMAL CONGESTED EIGHT LOOP SPREAD ON TO THE OTHER CORRIDORS WE'RE GOING TO MONITOR THIS NEWS CONFERENCE FOR YOU AS WELL BECAUSE THERE MAYBE OTHER EMERGENCY CITY OFFICIALS THAT ARE STEPPING UP TO THE PODIUM TO SPEAK MORE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THINGS IN THEIR OFFICES AS WE CONTINUE TO SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE, WE HAVE THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON THAT WE'RE MONITORING VIA THE HOUSTON TRANSTAR RIGHT NOW WHAT WE CAN SHOW YOU IS WHAT WE'RE SEEING FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS

A TOTAL CLOSURE OF THE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTH BOUND LANES THIS IS HAPPENING AND THEY HAVE SHUT THIS OFF TO A WIDER SCOPE THEYHAVE SHUT THIS DOWN FROM I- 10 TO 225 AS PEOPLE ARE COMING OFF OF 225, THEY'RE BEING FORCED TO TAKE THE LOOP DOWN THAT MAKES 45 INCREDIBLY CONGESTED

WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND LISTEN IN MORE FROM THE MAYOR >> WE DID HAVE A WATER MAIN BREAK I WILL NOT GO IN TO THE DETAILS OF THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE HOURS TO DRAIN ITSELF, AND THEN WE WILL WORK ON THE REPAIR THE WATER PRESSURE IS COMING BACK UP IN TO THE HOUSTON AREA

THE WATER SUPPLY IS SAFE INORDER TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT HAVE TO ISSUE THE BOIL WATER ORDER, BUT THE SYSTEM — THE WATER IS SAFE IN THE SYSTEM >> WE HAVE TO ISSUE THE WARNING, BUT THE WATER IS SAFE >> GOOD AFTERNOON, WE HAVE THE FIRE CREWS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WE HAVE CLEARED THE AREA OF HOMES

THE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE CHECKED ABOUT 40 HOMES MAINLY STREET LEVEL FLOODING IS WHAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED THEY WERE SOME VEHICLES TRAPPED ON THE LOOP, AND THE FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO PLUCK OUT THREE PEOPLE FROM THE AREA WE HAVE UNITS OUT THERE AND HIGH WATER VEHICLES AND BOATS READY TO DEPLOY FROM THE FIRE RISK PERSPECTIVE, WE HAVE — WE'RE CONSIDERING EVERYTHING SIN SIDE OF THE BELT WAY A CONCERN OTHER THAN THE FAR WEST AND KINGWOOD ASK CLEAR LAKE AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED

OUR CONCERN IS THE WATER PRESSURE IN THE HYDRANTS FOR THE FIRE RISK I WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS IN THE COUNTY WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO THEM, AND THEY HAVE ASSISTED US WITH THE PREDEPLOYMENT OF SIX TANKERS OF WATER THAT WE DEPLOYED OR WE WILL HAVE JUST IN PREPARATION FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY COME UP WE WANT TO URGE EVERYBODY TO BE JUST FIRE SAFE, RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT WE HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES OUT HERE AVAILABLE TO BE ABLE TO DEPLOY IN ADDITION TO OUR NORMAL DEPLOYMENT, WE ARE CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT WE MAY HAVE TO BRING IN MORE TRUCKS IN CASE THERE'S A FIRE

AGAIN, WANT TO URGE THE PUBLIC TO PLEASE BE FIRE SAFE THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE ON FOR SIX TO EIGHT HOURS IN THE MEANTIME, KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WEHAVE REACHED OUT TO OUR PARTNERS IN THE COUNTY WE FEEL THAT WE'RE TAKING THE PROPER STEPS IN PREPARATION FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY COME UP

THANK YOU >> THANK YOU >> CHIEF >> THANK YOU, MAYOR >> THANK YOU, MAYOR

AT 12:15 THE CALL CAME IN TO THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT WE IMMEDIATELY RESPONDED WHAT'S IMPORTANT FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT PERSPECTIVE IS THAT WE WILL HAVE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES OUT HERE AS LONG AS THE FLOODING CONTINUES ON THE STREETS THE OTHER PIECE THE COMMUNITY THAT CANNOT ACCESS THE HOMES DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR HOMES

WE HAVE THE POLICE OFFICERS PATROLLING THE IMPACTED NEIGHBORHOODS THEY WILL REMAIN THERE UNTIL WE RESTORE TO THE HOMEOWNERS TO ANYONE THAT THINKS THAT THEY CAN COME IN HERE AND VICTIMIZE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN WE HAVE THE OFFICERS IN THE AREA AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE THE UAB'S FROM OUR FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE BEING USED TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE I WANT TO THANK PERSONALLY THE SHERIFF AND HIS TEAM FOR COMING OUT HERE RIGHT AWAY

AS USUAL, WE ALL WORK TOGETHER THE COMMUNITY IS SAFE [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] >> SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO AT THIS POINT IS FOCUS ON YOUR DRIVE HOW DO YOU GET TO YOUR LOVED ONES AND GET HOME TONIGHT? LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAPS AND SHOW YOU THE CURRENT TRAFFIC SITUATIONS AS WE MENTION DOWN TO 225 THE ALTERNATES ARE EAST BELT WAY 8 AND FEDERAL IS THERE FOR YOU

IT'S BUSY AND HAY 90 IS ALSO BUSY AS WELL WE HAVE THE GREEN ALONG THAT MAY SERVE AS THE ROUTE FOR YOU LET'S GIVE YOU THE WIDER LOOK AND GIVE YOU THE GOOD NEWS FOR THIS ALONG THE EAST BELT AND THE TOLL ROAD AUTHORITY HAS WAVED THE TOLLS FROM I-45 OR 65 ON THE NORTH SIDE TO THE GULF FREEWAY THE MAIN TOLL PLAZAS WILL BE WAVED AS WE WORK THROUGH THE SITUATION ON 610

THEY DO THINGS LIKE THIS FROM TIME TO TIME THEY DID IT DURING HURRICANE HARVEY THAT'S GOING TO ELEVATE THE TRAFFIC WE KNOW THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE A TOLL TAG IT'S OPENED AND AVAILABLE TO YOU TODAY DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION

AGAIN, BACK TO THAT PICTURE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THIS IS THE CURRENT SITUATION GOING KNOT BOUND AND SOUTH BOUND WE DO NOT HAVE A TIME LIKE AT THE MOMENT WE'RE LISTENING IN TO WHAT THE OFFICIALS ARE SAYING WE DO NOT HAVE A TIMELINE AT THE MOMENT WHEN THE INTERSTATE IS CLEAR LET'S GO BACK TO THE NEWS CONFERENCE

>> THANK YOU MAYOR AND COUNTY JUDGE AND THE SHERIFF THEY REACHED OUT TO ME WITH THE PRESCIENT TWO AND NEIGHBORERING WITH PRESCIENT ONE I WANT TO THANK THE MAYOR MOYA FOR BEING HERE AS WELL WE REACHED OUT TO THE AREA MAYORS IMMEDIATELY TO ACCESS ANY IMPACTS TO THEM THANKFULLY THERE'S NOT

I PLEDGED MY RESOURCES TO THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND MAYOR TURNER TO ASSIST IN PROVIDING SUPPORT IN THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THIS IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IN ORDER TO GET THE STREETS CLEARED AND GET SOME COMFORT TO THE COMMUNITY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IN ADDITION, WE'RE WORKING ON THE IDEA IF NECESSARY THE POSSIBILITY OF TEMPORARY SHELTER IF IT'S NEEDED NOR THE SENIOR CITIZEN WE'RE WORKING WITH RODNEY ELLIS ON THAT AS WELL >> THANK YOU, MAYOR

>> SISTER, IT'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FOR GONZALES >> THANK YOU >> I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU THIS WAS A MULTI-AGENCY RESPONSE I WANT TO THANK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT

WE WERE JUST OUT HERE TO SUPPORT I WAS HERE IN THE PARK WHEN IT HAPPENED, SO I WAS HERE PRETTY QUICKLY EVERYBODY JUST PULLED TOGETHER IT WAS A LITTLE BIT CHAOTIC IN THE BEGINNING WE ALWAYS PULLED TOGETHER, AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS

MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS BY THE MAYOR AND JUDGE AND OTHERS ABOUT THE BOILING OF THE WATER AND OTHER AMENT PABLTHED AREAS >> WITH THAT, I WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE YES,MA'AM >> PRETTY MUCH THE SOUTHEAST WATER PURIFICATION PLANT PROVIDES FOR 40 TO 50% OF THE AREA FOR THIS AREA HEADING WEST TO DOWNTOWN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER TO THE WESTERN SIDE, PRETTY MUCH THOSE AREAS HAVE BEEN IMPACTED

ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF LOW PRESSURE THE MUNICIPAL COURTS FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO GET WATER ON THE SECOND FLOOR THAT'S WHY WE MADE THE DECISION TO END IT FOR TODAY THAT'S WHY WE'RE MAKING THE COMMENT FOR EXAMPLE THAT IF YOU'RE A FOOD ESTABLISHMENT AND YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY WATER, YOU'RE TO CEASE OPERATION LIKE RIGHT NOW FOR SANITARY REASONS IT WAS A MAJOR BREAK

IT WAS A 96-INCH LINE THAT'S A MAJOR MAJOR ARTERY FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON >> CAN YOU TELL US WHERE THE WATER — THE SOURCE OF THE WATER AND WHERE IT WAS FLOWING THROUGH? >> JEFF, DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT? >> IT'S THE MAIN TRUNK LINE OUT OF THE EAST WATER MAIN PLANT IT'S THE MAIN ONE OUT OF THE EAST PLANT IT DOES 50% OF THE CITY

BABIES LICK EVERYTHING FROM BASICALLY FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST THE MAYOR SAID EARLIER ON THE WATER PRESSURES COMING BACK UP WE WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE WANT THEM TO CONSERVE WATER FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS OR SO >> THIS IS AN AGING INFRASTRUCTURE WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH THAT, YOU WILL HAVE THE MAIN WATER LINE BREAKS

FOR SOME, IT'S MAJOR ARTERIES AND CAN CAUSE A MAJOR DISRUPTION AS WE CAN SEE WITH THIS ONE TODAY, IT'S A MAJOR DISRUPTION >> HOW OLD WAS THE LINE? >> WE DON'T KNOW >> DID YOU SAY THAT WATER WAS STILL COMING OUT OF IT? HOWLONG WILL THAT BE? >> SIX TO EIGHT HOURS EVEN THOUGH THAT YOU CUT IT OFF, THERE'S A LOT OF WATER IN THE LINE

IT HAS TO DRAIN FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE AFFECTIVE REPAIRS THAT WATER HAS TO BE DRAINED OUT ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT HOURS NOW, THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT'S GOING DOWN, SO IT'S NOT AS MUCH AS SEVERAL HOURS AGO THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WATER IN THE SYSTEM

>> DO WE HAVE AN ESTIMATE OF THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT'S POURED OUT IN TONS OR WHATEVER? >> I CAN GIVE YOU A LAYMENS PERSPECTIVE A LOT A HE CAN OF A LOT FOR PEOPLE THAT WERE TRAPPED IN THE CARS, WAY TOO MUCH >> ON THE ROOFS >> FOR PEOPLE ALONG CLINTON DRIVE AND WAS THAT CAROLINE STREET? >> YEAH

>> FOR THOSE ON CLINTON STREET AND CAROLINE STREET, WHEN THEY'RE LOOK LOOKING AT THE WATER AND WONDERING HOW MUCH WATER IS STILL IN THE LININGS, THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WATER GET TO GO THEIR HOMES THAT'S WHY WE WILL TAKE THE PRECAUTIONARY PRESSURES AND WE'RE SENDING OUT — WHAT ARE WE SENDING OUT? >> CREWS ARE SANDBAGS TO PROTECT THE HOMES ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF THE STREET >> THAT'S WHY I WANT TO THANK TEX DOT WHO IS HERE REPRESENTING THEM? I WANT TO THANK TEX DOT BECAUSE THEY'RE A GOOD PART OF US AND HAVING TO PUMP WATER >> WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS NEWS CONFERENCE WITH ALL CITY LEADER TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS WATER MAIN BREAK START TODAY BEGIN WITH, AND HOW THEY'RE GOING TO ACCESS THE SITUATION

WE WANT YOU TO SAY THAT A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR WAS FIXING A LINE IN QUESTION WHEN THIS HAPPENED WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GRAB MORE DETAILS AND WILL HAVE MORE ON KINGAL >> WHAT MAKES THIS A DIRE NEED IS THAT THIS IS THE LINE COMING OUT OF THE EAST WATER PLANT THAT'S ABOUT 50% OF THE CITY'S WATER SUPPLY WE WILL HAVE MORE ON ABC13

COM WE WILL CONTINUE THE DIGITAL COVERAGE THERE GO TO ABC13COM FOR THE VERY LATEST AS WE SWITCH OVER AT ABOUT 12:30 THIS AFTERNOON AFTER IT FIRST

THE VIDEO ON THE RIGHT IS ABOUT AN HOUR LATER THE CITY TELLS US A CONTRACTOR WAS ON SITE DOING SOME WORK ON THE WATER LINE PROJECT THE SOIL WAS MOVED NEAR THE LINE AND THAT IS WHEN THE 96 INCH WATER LINE 1st >> THAT'S RIGHT HERE IS A SHOT

DRIVERS ON THE EAST LOOP HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THEIR CARS AS THE WATER ROSE QUICKLY ONE DRIVER SENT US A VIDEO AS HE WAS DRIVING THROUGH THE HIGH WATER >> SOMETHING BUSTED I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT WATER IS COMING FROM I'M IN IT

>> THAT'S RIGHT, AND YOU COULD SEE THE WATER POURING OVER THE CONCRETE DIVIDERS MAYOR TURNER TWEETED THAT THE WATER DID NOT DAMAGE ANY HOMES >> HERE IS A LOOK AT THE AREA UNDER WATER THE WATER MAIN BREAK WAS OFF CLINTON'S AND WATER SPILLED ONTO THE EAST FREEWAY SEVERAL SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES CLOSED BECAUSE OF THIS BREAK AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON AND MD ANDERSON AND THE ZOO AND THE VOTING CENTERS ARE SHUT DOWN

>> OUR TEAM IS GETTING THE LATEST ON EACH PART OF TOWN AFFECTED BY THIS HERE IS WHAT MAYOR TURNER HAD TO SAY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT JUST WRAPPED UP >> BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE THROUGHOUT A LARGE PORTION OF THE CITY DROPPED SO LOW, BASED ON TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, THE REGULATORY POLICIES, I ANTICIPATE THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO BOIL WATER IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON >> MAYOR TURNER SAID BOILING WATER WILL BE A NECESSITY THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS, POSSIBLY THE NEXT DAY OR SO THE WATER ROSE SO QUICKLY THAT THE PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUE

TJ PARKER HAS MORE ON THAT >> REPORTER:GOOD AFTERNOON FIRST I WILL GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHERE WE ARE

ALONG CLINTON DRIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF 600 UP TO 610 YOU CAN SEE THE WATER ON THE ROAD HERE PEOPLE ARE IN IT THAT LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEY ARE TRYING TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEY ARE IN ALL OF EVERYTHING HAPPENING IF THERE IS ANY GOOD NEWS IN ALL OF THIS, THE WATER HAS RECEDED A LITTLE BIT SINCE WE GOT HERE IN THE PAST HALF HOUR

IT TOOK SOME TIME TO GET HERE WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE BEST SHOT SO WE HAD TO TAKE SOME EXTRA SIDE ROADS AND AVOID THE FREEWAYS TO GET HERE YOU CAN IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING WE ARE HERE TALKING TO FOLKS THAT LIVE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING WE GOT THE CHANCE TO TALK WITH A FEW PEOPLE WHO WE SAW WALKING ACROSS THE ROAD

WE ASK THEM IF THEY LIVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THEY SAID THEY WERE STRANDED ON TOP OF A WORK TRUCK ON 610 WE SAID, WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE? THEY SAID THEY WERE ON THE FREEWAY ON 610 HEADING ON THE FREEWAY WHEN THEY NOTICED THE TRAFFIC STOPPED ON THE FREEWAY AS THEY STOPPED THEY NOTICED THE WATER BEGAN RISING INTO THEIR TRUCK AND THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO GO OUT THROUGH THE WINDOW TO GET ON THE TOP OF THE DRUG EVENTUALLY THEY WERE RESCUE WE SPOKE WITH THEM 20 MINUTES AGO

THIS IS WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY >> IT WAS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE I WAS TRYING TO GET HOME THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE WE WAS AT WORK

WE WERE IN THE COMPANY TRUCK WE WERE STUCK ON TOP OF THE TRUCK >> THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE AS SOON AS THE WATER CAME UP IT CAME RIGHT TO THE WINDOW WE SAW THE WATER COMING OUR WAY

WE KNEW THE TRUCK WAS FLOODED >> IT CAME LIKE A WAVE BOOM, IT CAME AS A WAVE >> REPORTER:IN THEIR OWN WORDS, YOU HEARD HIM SAY IT WAS THE WORST DAY OF HIS LIFE YOU CAN IMAGINE

YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT ANYTHING LIKE THAT DRIVING ON 610 AS MANY OF US HAVE YOU COME TO STOPPED TRACK, TRAFFIC NOT A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS, GETTING STUCK IN A FLOOD ON THE FREEWAY THIS IS CLINTON DRIVE CLOSE TO 610 HEADING DOWN THE ROAD YOU CAN SEE SOME WORK BEING DONE

I'M NOT SURE IF IT IS RELATED TO THE WATER MAIN BREAK OR JUST SOME OF THE ROADWORK THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE HERE YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT THESE FOLKS LIVING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE GOING THROUGH NO ONE HAS ANY WATER AGAIN, A LOT OF THEM ARE OUTSIDE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE AGAIN, IF THERE IS ANY GOOD NEWS, THE WATER IS STARTING TO RECEDE

WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAY HERE AND PROVIDE UPDATES AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BACK TO YOU >> TJ, THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE MINUTES AGO DO

T TWEETED THAT THE CONTRACTOR HAS STARTED TO PUMP OUT THE WATER ELISSA RIVAS HAS MORE >> WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FROM I-10 A TOTAL CLOSURE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND OF THE EAST LOOP THE ALTERNATE IS THE EASTBOUND AND HIGHWAY 90 AND FEDERAL

FEDERAL IS IN THE RED ESPECIALLY SOUTHBOUND THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU, THE EAST ABOUT HAS WAIVED THE TOLLS DOWN TO THE GULF FREEWAY THAT IS THE MAIN ENTRANCE AND EXTRA, EXIT RAMPS WE HAVE SOME REAL TIME TRAFFIC DATA FOR YOU ABC13

COM WILL GET YOU TO OUR TRAFFIC PAGE AND OUR ABC13 NEWS APP ALSO HAS THE DATA FOR YOU ONCE AGAIN, NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND LANES ARE A TOTAL CLOSURE YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE TRYING TO EVALUATE THE SITUATION BUT EXPECTED TO TAKE SEVERAL HOURS WE NOW HAVE ERICA SIMON THERE CLOSE TO THE WATER BREAK LOCATION >> YES, WE ARE NOT TOO FAR FROM T

J PARKER ON THE CORNER OF CLINTON DRIVE AND CAROLINE STREET I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE GAS STATION WE'VE BEEN AT THE PAST COUPLE OF HOURS THE LAST TIME I SHOWED YOU IT WAS UP TO THE DOOR AND PEOPLE WERE GOING INTO THE GAS STATION LOOK AT THIS

THE WATER HAS RECEDED QUITE A BIT AND SOME OF THE SLUDGE AND MUCK IS LEFT BEHIND THIS SHOWS YOU THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE THE PARKING LOT IS GOING DOWN AND THE CREWS ARE WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA AROUND HERE, THEY ARE FRUSTRATED THEY WERE STUCK IN TRAFFIC LIKE A LOT OF US WERE AND MANY WERE TRYING TO GET TO SCHOOL OR HOME

OBVIOUSLY IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF PATIENCE TO GET THROUGH THE REST OF THE STATE ONE WOMAN WAS TRYING TO NAVIGATE HOW SHE WAS GOING TO PICK UP HER KIDS THIS IS WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY >> I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE NO GERMS OR NOTHING IN THE WATER TO DISEASES

WE DON'T NEED NOTHING OUT HERE >> WHO COULD BLAME HER FOR SAYING THAT? LOOK AT THIS AT FIRST GLANCE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS WE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING TO THE EXPERTS ABOUT WHAT COULD BE IN THIS WATER WE KNOW THAT IF YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH THIS STUFF YOU ARE ADVISED TO WASH IT OFF YOUR SKIN AND WASH IT OFF YOUR SHOES

I WILL HAVE TO DO THIS BECAUSE I'VE BEEN STEPPING IN THIS AGAIN, NICK SURE IF YOU HAVE TO COME TO THIS AREA NEAR CLINTON, BE CAREFUL BE PATIENT BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO >> THANKS ALOT, ERIKA

>> AFTER THIS FROSTY MORNING TEMPERATURES WILL WARM UP AS WE GET INTO THE WEEKEND HERE IS THE TIMELINE >> YES, WE JUST MADE IT THROUGH THE COLDEST DAY OF THE NEXT FIVE OR SIX WE WON'T COOL OFF UNTIL A WEEK FROM NOW LOOKING OUTSIDE, LOOK AT THE SUNSHINE WE ARE SEEING

A BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY OUT THERE TEMPERATURES ARE ON THE COOL SIDE IN THE MID TO UPPER 50s IN MOST LOCATIONS NOTICE HOW LOW THE HUMIDITY IS AND NOTICE HOW LOW THE WIND IS AT THIS TIME I WILL LIGHT THE WINDS ARE A COMBINATION OF THE CLEAR SKIES AND LOW HUMIDITY MEANS THAT TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THIS EVENING

IF YOU ARE HEADING TO THE BARBECUE COOKOFF YOU WILL SEE THE TEMPERATURES GO FROM THE MID-50s TO AROUND 40 DEGREES AT 11 PM YOU WILL NEED A HEAVY JACKET LATER THIS EVENING WE HAVE WARMER WEATHER IN THE FORECAST HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND I WILL HAVE THAT FOR YOU COMING UP

>>> THANKS ALOT ANOTHER BIG HEADLINE WAS THE HISD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WHERE THE FBI HAD A LARGE INVESTIGATION THIS MORNING >> YES, FBI AND IRS AGENTS WERE THERE AT THE, ONE OF THE DISTRICT LEADERS LIVE OUTSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, MORE WITH WHAT WE KNOW >>REPORTER: GOOD MORNING

WE WATCHED THEM BRING FIVE BOXES AND A COMPUTER OUT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING EARLIER THIS MORNING THE FBI RELEASED VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING HERE WHY THEY WERE HERE WE WERE ABLE TO FILL IN A FEW BLANKS BECAUSE SKYEYE CAUGHT THEM AT THE HOME OF THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, RYAN BUSBY ALL AT ONCE THE AGENTS MOVED IN ON THE HISD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND ACROSS TOWN THE HOME OF LONGTIME HISD EMPLOYEE, BRIAN BUSBY

>> WE ARE CONDUCTING A TYPICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY AND THERE IS NO MORE INFORMATION WE CAN SHARE>> Reporter:THE FBI WOULD NOT TELL US WHAT DEPARTMENT THEY WERE FOCUSED ON OR ANY OF WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE WHILE THEY WERE INSIDE EMPLOYEES AND PARENTS AND STUDENTS MOVED IN AND OUT OF THE BUILDING AS NORMAL >> TEACHERS ARE REPORTING TO WORK AND THEY ARE GOING TO DO THEIR JOB AND THEIR KIDS WILL BE SERVED PROPERLY >> THE ONLY INFORMATION WAS THE PRESENCE AT BRIAN BUSBY'S HOME

HE HAS BEEN AT HI, HISD FOR 21 YEARS AND HIT HIS CURRENT ROLE SINCE 2016 HE OVERSEES THE $260 MILLION BUDGET AND 7000 EMPLOYEES BACK IN OCTOBER 2018 THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY RELEASED A MORE THAN 300 PAGE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT OUTLINING ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AGAINST HISD AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IT IS UNCLEAR OF WHAT HAPPENED HERE TODAY IS RELATED TO THAT REPORT >> I'M AFRAID THERE IS A LOT OF ACTIVITY THERE THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE OCCURRED

THE LEADERSHIP IS AT FAULT THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN CALLING FOR A REPLACEMENT OF THE LEADERSHIP I CAN'T SAY THAT ALL THE LEADERSHIP IS AT FAULT BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT A GREAT MAJORITY –>>REPORTER: HISD SAID THEY WERE AWARE OF THE AGENTS HERE AND THAT THEY WERE COOPERATING AND THERE WAS NO DANGER TO STUDENTS OR FACULTY I REACHED OUT TO THEM THIS AFTERNOON TO GET UPDATED INFORMATION BUT I HAVE NOT HEARD BACK COMING UP WE WILL DELVE INTO A REPORT THAT CALLS FINANCIAL DECISIONS MADE BY THE COO QUESTIONABLE

>>> A BIG STORY THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE >>> HEADING TO THE BREAK WE HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE WATER MAIN BREAK IN EAST HOUSTON THAT'S THE LEAK ITSELF YOU CAN SEE WHAT A DIFFERENCE A COUPLE OF HOURS MAKE

YOU CAN SEE THAT IT IS ALMOST STOPPED AND WE DO NOT SEE IT BUBBLING UP ANYMORE UNFORTUNATELY, THE DAMAGES DONE TAKING A LARGER LOOK ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN YOU CAN SEE HOW LARGE OF AN AREA IS STILL FLOODED OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES WHEN WE COME BACK I WANT TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER LOOK FROM SKYEYE 13 AS CITY CREWS TRY TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE AFTER THE MASS OF WATER BREAK

SKYEYE 13 OVER THE FLOODED EAST LOOP WHERE MANY PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED CITY OF HOUSTON ORDERED TO BOIL WATER THE NEXT 24 HOURS >> HERE'S A LOOK AT THE CAMERA IN THE AREA YOU CAN SEE ALL THE MAIN LANES ARE SHUT DOWN THIS IS THAT THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON THIS IS IMPACTING TRAFFIC IN THE AREA

>> WITH NO RUNNING WATER SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES AROUND THE AREA OF THE BREAK WERE BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL >> YES, THEY DECLARED A BUILDING EMERGENCY AT MD ANDERSON DEBORAH WRIGLEY HAS MORE FROM THERE DEBORAH? Reporter: ILONA, NON- EMERGENT CARE IS BEING SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THIS WATER SITUATION AND THE VISITORS ARE BEING LIMITED BECAUSE OF THE WATER SOME ARE BEING SENT HOME EARLY

THEY ARE BRINGING IN PORTABLE TOILETS AND HANDWASHING STATIONS AND DISTRIBUTING BODY WIPES IN ADDITION ACROSS THE STREET AT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL THERE IS SAID TO BE VERY LITTLE RUNNING WATER IN PARTS OF THE BUILDING ALSO VISITORS ARE BEING ASKED TO PICK A DIFFERENT TIME TO COME HERE METHODIST HOSPITAL AS WELL IS DEALING WITH THE SAME SITUATION FOUR PEOPLE HERE FOR THEIR OWN CARE AND THE CARE OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS IS A BIG SURPRISED

>> I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW WIDESPREAD IT WAS GIVEN THAT PART OF THE CITY ON THE EAST SIDE, I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE GEOGRAPHY, BUT HAVING IT OCCUR ON THE EAST SIDE AND HAVING IT AFFECT AREAS THIS FAR AWAY, NEAR RICHMOND, I WAS SURPRISED HOW MUCH IT IS AFFECTING HOUSTON >> REPORTER:SOME EMPLOYEES AND SOME STUDENTS SAID THEY WERE TOLD TO FILL UP WATER TANKS BEFORE THE WATER RAN OUT ENTIRELY THAT IS THE SITUATION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER IT WILL GET BETTER AS THE WATER PRESSURE SLOWLY IMPROVES AND WHEN THE BREAK IS REPAIRED IN THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER, DEBORAH WRIGLEY

>> LET'S GO TO NICK WHERE THE LEAK HAPPENED >> WE HEARD SOME OF THE WATER IS RECEDING WHAT IS THE LATEST? Reporter: IT IS RECEDING BUT NIGHT, RIGHT NOW IT IS THE TALE OF TWO SIDES OF THE STREET LOOK ON THE OTHER SIDE IT IS STILL FLOODING AND UNDERWATER

THE NEIGHBORS ARE STILL DEALING WITH SOME ISSUES I WILL SHOW YOU HOW CLOSE IT GOT TO SOME OF THEIR HOMES YOU CAN SEE THE DRIVEWAY SEE THE WATERMARK? THAT SHOWS YOU HOW CLOSE IT GOT PEOPLE INSIDE THE HOUSES ARE OKAY

THEY DON'T HAVE ANY WATER, BUT THEY ARE THANKFUL THE WATER DIDN'T GO INTO THEIR HOMES LOOKING DOWN THE STREET YOU CAN SEE CARS PARKED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SOME NEIGHBORS ARE ABLE TO GET TO THEM HAVING TO GO THROUGH AND SEE WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY THE WATER I TALKED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THEY DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED IT'S NOT RAINING BUT TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN THEY OPENED THE DOOR

>> I OPENED THE DOOR AND THERE WAS WATER IN THE STREET I SEEN THE GUYS WORKING IN THE MORNING OVER THERE >> REPORTER:WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU OPEN THE DOOR AND SAW THIS? >> HONESTLY, DID IT RAIN OR SOMETHING? DID I MISS SOMETHING? WHAT HAPPENED? YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE ALL THE WATER COMING OUT >> REPORTER:COULD YOU IMAGINE OPENING THE DOOR AND IT'S BRIGHT AND SUNNY AND YOU LOOK OUT AND YOUR HOME IS FLOODED? IT IS INCREDIBLE BY THE WATER HAS GONE DOWN WHILE I, WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED I COULD NOT STAND WITHOUT GETTING UP TO MY CALVES FULL OF WATER

YOU CAN SEE SOME RECEDING HAPPENING HERE HOPEFULLY IT WILL HAPPEN SOON LIVE IN EAST HOUSTON, EYEWITNESS NEWS >>> TO KNOW IT IS GOING DOWN THANKS FOR THE UPDATE

A LOT A QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY IS IN THE WATER THEN YOU GOT THE ISSUE OF BOILING WATER THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS WE'VE GOT THIS ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGIST, DOCTOR MAYBURY CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS BOIL WATER NOTICE THE PEOPLE WILL BE DEALING WITH FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS? >> YES, IT IS CRITICAL TO BOIL YOUR WATER BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE KIND OF CROSS- CONTAMINATION THEY COULD BE IN THE AREA YOU NEED TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION BECAUSE THESE BIO HAZARDS WILL DIE ONCE YOU BOIL THEM

YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE WARNING AND BOIL THE WATER BEFORE YOU DRINK IT AND BEFORE YOU BATHE IN IT BEFORE YOU USE IT FOR COOKING BOIL ALL YOUR WATER >> WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME BUT WE SHOWED A VIDEO OF KIDS OUTSIDE PLAYING IN THE FLOODWATERS I'M GUESSING THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA? >> NOT A GOOD IDEA AT ALL

NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE AN UNKNOWN OF BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS IN THE WASTEWATER BUT IT IS MIXED WITH HYDROCARBONS FROM VEHICLE EMISSIONS I ALSO WANT TO WARN PEOPLE THAT IF YOU HAD YOUR SHOES AND CLOTHING AND SOCKS WET, DON'T BRING THEM INDOORS ISOLATE THEM AND DON'T CROSS CONTAMINATE THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME AND YOUR CARPETING AND AIR QUALITY IT WILL DRY END OF APPLE WEIGHT AND THE CHEMICALS WILL SEND UP GAS FROM THAT MATERIAL ISOLATE THEM

WANTS THEM THOROUGHLY IN WARM SOAP AND WATER I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND WIPING DOWN ALL AFFECTED AREAS WITH ALCOHOL >> PLENTY OF GOOD TIPS FROM DOCTOR MAYBERRY WE WILL LEAVE OUR CLOTHES OUTSIDE AND BOIL THE WATER THANK YOU, DR

>>> THE CRAZY THING ABOUT THIS IS SEEING THE FLOODING ON SUCH A CRYSTAL CLEAR, SUNNY DAY OTHERWISE THE DAY WAS PERFECT>> Reporter: YOU CAN'T BLAME THE METEOROLOGIST IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY A LITTLE COOLER GOING THROUGH THE EVENING COMING UP BUT OVERALL WE GOT NICE WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS

WE DON'T HAVE ANY WEATHER ISSUES UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK A NICE STRETCH OF DAYS IN THE WEATHER THE NORMAL HIGH IS 69 WE HAVE REVISED THE FORECAST TO GIVE US A HIGH OF 70 TOMORROW WE WILL BE JUST ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TOMORROW

INTO THE MID-70s HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND AND UPPER 70s MONDAY AND UP TO 80 TUESDAY THEN WE WON'T START TO COOL OFF AGAIN UNTIL LATE NEXT WEEK WE HAVE A NICE STRETCH OF DAYS ON THE WAY AS FAR AS A CHANCE OF RAIN IF YOU WANT TO WASH YOUR CAR I WOULD SAY TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS THERE IS NO RAIN IN THE FORECAST

SUNDAY AND MONDAY ONLY 20% A 40% TUESDAY RAIN COMING TUESDAY NIGHT AND THEN WE WILL SEE RAIN CHANCES GO DOWN AGAIN TOWARD THE LATTER PART OF NEXT WEEK@NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF SUNSHINE A BEAUTIFUL DAY OUT THERE WITH 60 DEGREES

WE HAD A WESTERLY WIND AT THE SIX MILES AN HOUR THE PRESSURE IS PRETTY HIGH FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR 53 IS WHERE WE ARE IN GALVESTON RELATIVE HUMIDITY IS LOW AND THAT IS GOING TO ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO FALL QUICKLY THIS EVENING FROM 60 NOW IN HOUSTON DOWN TO 50 DEGREES AT 7:00 AND 43 AT 10:00 LOOKING UP IN THE MORNING THE TEMPERATURES WILL BE DOWN IN THE 30s

OTHER TEMPERATURES IN THE AREA, UPPER 50s IN LIBERTY AND 58 60 IN COLIN STATION AND 63 IN COLUMBUS THE SAME THING IN VICTORIA FIRST THING TOMORROW MID-30s MID TO UPPER 30s OVER MOST OF THE AREA

LAST NIGHT WE HAD TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM 26 DEGREES INTO THE MID-30s MUCH COLDER BUT NOT AS BAD HIGHS TOMORROW UPPER 60s TO AROUND 70 THE MORE SOUTHWEST YOU GO THE MORE WARM WEATHER YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ACROSS THE NATION SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES WITH ANOTHER DISTURBING, DISTURBANCE OUT OF CANADA

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE BIG STORM SYSTEM MOVING IN OUR DIRECTION WE HAVE SEVERAL DAYS OF NICE WEATHER WITH A LOT OF SUNSHINE ON THE WAY FOR THE WEEKEND, 43 TO START AND 74 FOR THE HIGH SATURDAY GREAT TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 55 AND 65 BY THE TIME YOU GET TO SUNDAY WITH A HIGH OF 75 A FEW MORE CLOUDS THAN WHAT WE SEE COMING UP SATURDAY HERE'S A LOOK AT THE EXTENDED FORECAST

THE 20% CHANCE ON MONDAY WITH A HIGH OF 77 A STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE IN OUR DIRECTION AND IT NOW APPEARS MOST OF THE RAIN WILL OCCUR TUESDAY NIGHT AN 80% CHANCE MAN A 40% CHANCE DURING THE DAY AND WE WILL DRY OUT AFTER THAT ON WEDNESDAY AND COOL OFF HEADING INTO NEXT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

>>> DAVID, THANKS A LOT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ELIZABETH WARREN IS MAKING HER WAY THROUGH THE LONE STAR STATE >> TODAY SHE IS HOLDING A TOWN HALL WITH THE SECRETARY, POLIAN CASTRO STEVE? >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL WANTS TO STAY IN THIS RACE AND SHE IS MAKING A PLAY FOR TEXAS SENATOR WARREN IS SCHEDULED TO HOST A TOWN HALL IN TWO HOURS AT THIS PAVILION

YOU CAN SEE HER SUPPORTERS NUMBERING IN THE HUNDREDS HAVE STARTED TO LINEUP HAVE BEEN HERE FOR HOURS STAUNCH SUPPORTERS WANT TO SEE HER GET THE NOMINATION INSTEAD OF BERNIE SANDERS >> HE HAS BURNED A FEW BRIDGES HE'S NOT AS HONEST AS ELIZABETH IS

IF THEY WERE ON THE SAME TICKET I WOULD BE HAPPY >> I DON'T WANT TO GO ALL IN ON SANDERS BECAUSE WARREN SPEAKS MORE TO MY PLATFORM BUT, IT COMES DOWN TO VOTING BLUE AS LONG AS IT'S NOT BLOOMBERG HE'S NOT BLUE >> WE ARE TOLD THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE ARE IN THE HUNDREDS

ABOUT 200 WAITING FOR THE EVENT STARTING AT 6:30 THIS IS AND HER ONLY STOP YOU SHE IS COMING TO OUR AREA AND A LITTLE BIT I WILL HAVE MORE DETAILS ON THAT WHEN I SEE YOU AT 5:00 REPORTING LIVE, STEVE CAMPION EYEWITNESS NEWS

>>> THE EAST LOOP IS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DUE TWO FLOODING CAUSED BY A WATER MAIN BREAK BE AWARE OF THIS THE ALTERNATE ROUTES OF THE EAST BELT AND HIGHWAY 90 IN FEDERAL ALL CORRIDORS WILL BE BUSY >>> ABC13 EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 4:00 CONTINUES

IN , BREAKING NEWS >>> >> WE CONTINUE OUR TEAM COVERAGE FOR MASSIVE WATER MAIN BREAK AND FLOODING ON HOUSTON'S EAST SIDE THE BREAK HAPPENING AT SIX 10 AND CLINTON >> SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES ARE WITHOUT WATER AND THEY WILL HAVE WATER IS USE A FEW MORE HOURS RESIDENTS OF HOUSTON WILL HAVE TO BOIL WATER THE NEXT 24 HOURS

WE ARE ASKED TO CONSERVE WATER >> MAYOR TURNER SAID WATER DID NOT DAMAGE ANY HOMES AND AT LAST CHECK FIREFIGHTERS SAY THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF INJURIES >> HERE IS A CLOSER LOOK THE MAIN BREAK AROUND 610 AND CLINTON WATER FLOWING ALONG THE EAST LOOP AND DOWN CLINTON

OUR TEAM IS ALL ACROSS THE EAST SIDE GETTING THE LATEST ON EACH PART OF TOWN AFFECTED ERICA SIMON JOINING US NOW FROM CLOSE TO THE BREAK ERICA? >> WE HAVE BEEN HERE AT THE CORNER OF CLINTON AND CAROLINE A COUPLE OF HOURS IN THE CREWS ARE SPREAD OUT THIS IS TO GIVE YOU AN ON THE GROUND LOOK OF WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET TO THE ACTUAL WATER MAIN BREAK

TAKE A LOOK AT THE INTERSECTION THIS IS A BRIGHT SPOT IF IT IS GOOD NEWS YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH THE WATER HAS RECEDED A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO IT WAS FLOODED AND THIS WAS LIKE WHITE WATER RAPIDS

PANNING TO THE RIGHT LOOK AT THIS TRASHCAN THIS SHOWS YOU HOW DEEP THIS WATER IS IT IS A TALL TRASHCAN ON ITS SIDE IMAGINE THE PEOPLE LIVING AROUND HERE WHO HAVE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL AROUND HERE TRYING TO NAVIGATE ALL OF THE SLAUGHTER THEY TELL ME IT WAS DIFFICULT AND IN SOME CASES THEY COULDN'T AND HAD TO GO TO AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

ONE WOMAN WAS IN THAT SITUATION >> I LEFT SCHOOL EARLY BECAUSE I WANTED TO GET HOME I THOUGHT MY KIDS WOULD GET OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY BECAUSE OF THE WATER >> >>REPORTER: ARE THEY NEAR HERE? >> THEY GO TO PLEASANTVILLE WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DIDN'T GET FLOODED

THE WATER IS STILL FLOWING >> Reporter: WE DON'T KNOW IF SHE MADE IT TO HER DESTINATION HOPEFULLY SHE WAS ABLE TO PICK UP HER KIDS FOR A WHILE HIS AFTERNOON THERE WAS PANIC AND EVERYBODY WE SPOKE TO DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS AHEAD FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND THIS IMMEDIATE AREA JUST EAST WAIT HERE AT THE CORNER AND WE'VE BEEN HOLDING THINGS DOWN FOR A BIT

WE WILL GET THINGS OVER TO MARLA FOR HER VIEW >> Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT, ERICA WE ARE RIGHT OFF 610 THAT IS THE FREEWAY IS COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN IN FACT, LOOK AT THAT

YOU CAN SEE BOATS THE FIREFIGHTERS SAID THERE WERE 12 OR 15 CARS HERE AND THEY RESCUED PEOPLE THEY HAVE BOATS ON STANDBY YOU CAN SEE THE WATER RECEDING ONE WAY THAT THE WATER IS RECEDING IS BECAUSE TEXDOT IS PUMPING THE WATER OUT

THEY SAID IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND THEY EXPECT THE FREEWAY TO BE CLOSED SEVERAL HOURS PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE WATER BACK ENTIRELY FOR ANOTHER SIX HOURS OR SO THERE WAS A 96 INCH WATER LINE ABOUT EIGHT FEET LONG AND IT WAS LEAKING AND THE CREWS ARE WORKING ON IT AND IT FIRST HERE IS WHY IT IS A MAJOR ISSUE IT IS A HUGE LINE SUPPLYING WATER TO 40% TO 50% OF THE CITY

THAT IS WHY IT HAD A MAJOR IMPACT FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO EVACUATE 40 HOMES IN THE PLEASANTVILLE AREA THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS NEAR THE EAST LOOP THEY EVACUATED THE HOMES JUST AS A PRECAUTION WHEN THEY SAW THE WATER IN THE STREETS I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RESIDENTS GOT OUT OF THEIR HOMES

THE FIREFIGHTERS WERE CONCERNED AT THIS POINT ABOUT WATER PRESSURE IF THERE IS A FIRE THIS IS WHAT THE CHIEF SAID >> FROM THE FIRE RISK PERSPECTIVE WE ARE CONSIDERING EVERYTHING INSIDE THE BELTWAY A CONCERN OTHER THAN THE FAR WEST AND KINGWOOD AND CLEARLAKE OUR CONCERN IS THE WATER PRESSURE IN THE HYDRANTS

I WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS IN THE COUNTY WE REACHED OUT TO THEM AND THEY HAVE ASSISTED US WITH REDEPLOYMENT OF AT LEAST SIX TANKERS OF WATER THAT WE HAVE DEPLOYED STRATEGICALLY IN PREPARATION FOR ANYTHING THAT COULD COME UP >> Reporter: BACK HERE LIVE THIS IS TEXDOT THEY ARE STILL PUMPING THE WATER OUT AND CONTINUING TO ASSESS THE SITUATION IN THE FREEWAY IS CLOSED AND WILL BE CLOSED SEVERAL HOURS

THE RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT YOU TO TAKE UP TO EIGHT HOURS BEFORE THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL AS FAR AS THE WATER PRESSURE AGAIN, AS A REMINDER IF YOU ARE IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON THEY ARE UNDER A BOIL WATER ORDER THE NEXT 24 HOURS THE MAYOR SAID THE WATER IS SAFE BUT THEY ARE UNDER A BOIL ORDER WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE COMING UP AT 5:00 REPORTING LIVE, MARLA CARTER

>>> CHECK OUT THIS TWEET PEOPLE CLEARING OUT SHELLS AT GROCERY STORES THEY ARE OUT OF BOTTLED WATER HOUR TRAFFIC ANCHOR ELISSA RIVAS WILL TELL US HOW TO GET AROUND ALL OF THIS >> >> WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS INTO THE EVENING AND WE KNOW THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE HITTING THE ROAD

THE TOTAL CLOSURE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN THE EAST FREEWAY DOWN TO 2 TO 5, YOUR ALTERNATES OVER TO THE BELTWAY, 8 HIGHWAY 90 IN FEDERAL THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE EAST LOOP NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND AT CLINTON RIGHT NOW WE CAN TAKE A TOUR OF EVERYTHING HAPPENING AROUND THIS TROUBLED LOCATION

THIS IS 225 AT GOODYEAR THEY ARE SHOWING US ON THE CLOSE VIEW WHERE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE THE RAMP TO THE 610 LOOP YOU CAN SEE WHERE THEY BLOCKED OFF THE RAMP ALSO THE EAST FREEWAY AT THE EAST LOOP, MAKING SURE THAT EVERYBODY GOING THROUGH THE AREA IS NOT HEADING DOWN SOUTHBOUND TO THE LOOP AND DOVER BELTWAY 8, THIS IS NOT THE CAMERA I EXPECT IT TO SHOW YOU, BUT I CAN TELL YOU ALONG THE BRIDGE THIS IS WHAT THE MAP IS TELLING US

IT IS IN THE RED IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS ALONG THE EAST BELT TOLLS ARE WAIVED ON THE EAST TEXT FREEWAY TO THE GULF FREEWAY WE HAVE REAL-TIME TRAFFIC DATA BECAUSE YOU WANT TO HEAD OUT TO THE BARBECUE AND OTHER PLACES ABC13 TRAFFIC AND ALSO ON OUR NEWS APP >> THE CAMERAS ARE SHOWING COMPLETELY CLEAR SKIES AND IT'S SUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL EVERYWHERE

THE SAME THING ON THE CAMERAS I'M SHOWING YOU HOUSTON AND GALVESTON SHOWING THE SAME THING IT IS A BIT CHILLY HOUSTON AT 60 AND GALVESTON D3 THERE IS A SOUTHEASTERLY WIND AND THE TEMPERATURES ON THE COOL SIDE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR

WE SHOULD BE AT ABOUT 67 FOR THE HIGH THE HUMIDITY IS LOW AT THIS ALTOGETHER AND THE TEMPERATURES WILL FALL FAST THIS EVENING IF YOU ARE HEADING TO THE BARBECUE COOKOFF MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A JACKET BECAUSE BY 7 PM

IT WILL BE DOWN TO 50 AND 46 SET 9:00 BY 11 YOU WILL NEED BOOTS AND JACKET IN A HAT COLD TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WITH A WARMING TREND HEADING THIS WAY FOR THE WEEKEND WITH A CHANCE FOR STORMS NEXT WEEK DETAILS STRAIGHT AHEAD >> THANK YOU

ANOTHER BIG STORY, A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INVOLVING HISD >> THE FBI WAS AT THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING THIS MORNING AND THE HOME OF ONE OF THE DISTRICT'S LEADERS THE FBI SPENT MORE THAN THREE HOURS THERE WALKING AWAY WITH LARGE BOXES AND COMPUTERS THEY ALSO VISITED THE HOME OF THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, BRIAN BUSBY WHEN ASKED IF IT WAS A RAID THEY WOULD NOT TELL US WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE

IT IS UNCLEAR IF THE ACTIVITY IN BUSBY'S HOME WAS RELATED TO THE FBI'S PRESENCE AT HISD >>> ANOTHER LIVE LOOK NEAR THE WATER MAIN BREAK TEXDOT SAID THE CONTRACTORS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PUMPING THE WATER OUT OF THE FREEWAY ELISSA RIVAS HAS MORE AFTER THE BREAK ANOTHER LIVE LOOK FOR YOU

SOME PLACES ARE STILL DEALING WITH FLOODING HOUR TRAFFIC ANCHOR, ELISSA RIVAS HAS MORE ELISSA, HOW IS LOOKING OUT THERE ? Reporter: WE ARE SEEING DETERIORATING DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR THE DRIVERS OUT THERE BECAUSE MORE CARS ARE HITTING THE ROAD WITHOUT THE LOOP AVAILABLE FROM 10 DOWN TO 2 TO 5, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THOSE EXIT THAT IS THE LOCATION WHERE THEY ARE MARKING THIS

THE EAST BELT AND HIGHWAY 90 AND FEDERAL ARE YOUR ALTERNATE ROUTE HERE IS THE VIEW OF THE MAJOR ISSUE NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND STILL UNDERWATER WITH TEXDOT THEIR OWN LOCATION READY TO ASSESS THE SITUATION OF COURSE, THE WATER NEEDS TO BE DRAINED FIRST IT SHOULD TAKE SEVERAL HOURS

>>> HERE IS A WIDER MAP OF EVERYTHING GOING ON 440 AND MAJOR BACKUP HERE ON THE GULF FREEWAY AND ON THE EAST FREEWAY INSIDE THE LOOP THE OTHER INTERSTATES ARE VERY BUSY >>> THANKS ALOT

THE CDC LEAVES A MULTISTATE E COLI OUTBREAK IS LINKED TO JIMMY JOHN'S PEOPLE GOT SICK AFTER EATING AT THE SANDWICH CHAIN THE CDC SAID THEY CONSIDER SPROUTS TO BE THE SOURCE OF THIS ILLNESS JIMMY JOHN'S SAID THEY ARE NO LONGER SERVING SPROUTS

NO DEATHS ARE REPORTED THIS COMES A DAY AFTER THE FDA SENT A WARNING LETTER TO JIMMY JOHN'S BLAMING THEM FOR MULTIPLE OUTBREAKS THE LAST SEVEN YEARS >>> ANOTHER LIVE LOOK FROM 610 AND CLINTON NEAR THE WATER MAIN BREAK OUR TEAM COVERAGE OF THIS CONTINUES RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK IN OUR LIVES TEAM COVERAGE OF THE MASSIVE WATER MAIN BREAK CONTINUES

EARLY THIS AFTERNOON SKYEYE CAPTURED THIS VIDEO OF PEOPLE BEING RESCUED FROM THEIR CARS >> YES, LIVE IN EAST HOUSTON, NICK, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING NOW? >> I CAN TELL YOU THE NEIGHBORS ARE BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF THIS GENTLEMAN LIVES ALONG ONE OF THESE ROADS HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THIS? >> THIS IS A BLESSING ESPECIALLY THAT IT DIDN'T COME INTO OUR HOME

AND THE KIDS DIDN'T GET HURT IT'S A DISASTER THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED >> WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU WATCHING THE WATER COME CLOSER TO YOUR HOUSE? >> SCARY WE HAVE BEEN YOUR 19 YEARS HARVEY NEVER HAD AN IMPACT LIKE THIS

>> WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU SEE IT GOING DOWN HERE? >> THANK GOD >> THANK GOD EVERYBODY IS SAFE THINGS HAPPEN AS LONG AS WE CAN PUT OURSELVES TOGETHER AND CLEAN UP

AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME THERE'S A BUNCH OF CLEANUP WE ARE SAFE AND HAPPY THAT'S THE MAIN THING MY DAUGHTER AND I HAVE GOT TO GO FIND WATER BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ANY WATER>> Reporter: THANK YOU SO MUCH

>> HE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE STUFF THEY GOT TO CLEAN UP THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE WATER HAS GONE DOWN BUT LOOK AT THE MAST LEFT BEHIND THE DEBRIS IS SWEPT UP INTO THE ROAD EAST OF 610 WE SPOKE TO THE NEIGHBORS A WHILE AGO BEFORE THE WATER STARTED TO RECEDE AND THEY DESCRIBED HOW BAD IT WAS

>> THE DITCHES WERE FULL OF WATER Reporter: WHAT DO YOU THINK LOOKING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD? >> IT LOOKS BAD AROUND HERE WE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE IT'S BAD>> Reporter: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? >> WELL, I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE NO GERMS OR NOTHING IN THE WATER

DISEASES WE DON'T NEED NOTHING OUT HERE WE'VE ALREADY GOT A LOT OF THINGS HERE AND WE DON'T NEED NOTHING ELSE TO HAPPEN >> Reporter: THAT GUY SAID HARVEY WAS NOTHING LIKE THIS >> YES, JUST THE FREEWAY WAS BAD

THE FREEWAY REMINDS US OF HARVEY >>> ANOTHER GOOD SIGN BESIDES THE WATER GOING DOWN, THE HIGH WATER VEHICLES WERE STAGED HERE AND THEY TOOK OFF MINUTES AGO OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S ANOTHER GOOD SIGN THAT THINGS ARE IMPROVING IN THIS AREA NOW THE CLEANUP BEGINS FOR PEOPLE LIVE HERE IN EAST HOUSTON, NICK NATARIA

>>> THANK YOU WE GOT AN UPDATE SAYING MORE TRUCKS ARE ON THE WAY WITH BOTTLES OF WATER WE SHOWED YOU THIS WITH EMPTY SHELVES IN MONTROSE THERE LETTING US KNOW THAT THEY ARE ON THE WAY WITH MORE WATER AND THEY KNOW EVERYBODY NEEDS WATER THEY ARE ACTING AS QUICKLY AS THEY CAN

>>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER WE WALK UP TO SOME FROST THE SUN WILL COME OUT BUT IT WILL GET A LITTLE CHILLY >>> YES, IT'S 60 OUT THERE RIGHT NOW WHEN IT'S SUNNY AND 60 NOW THE TEMPERATURES WILL PLUNGE OVERNIGHT

THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE IN THE FORECAST GRAB A JACKET IF YOU ARE GOING TO HEAD OUT BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE A CHILLY EVENING THE HIGH TODAY IN HOUSTON IS 60 ADMITTED TO 59 IN SUGARLAND 60 WAS THE HIGH IN PEARLAND

GALVESTON IS ONE OF THE CHILLY SPOTS TODAY THE WATER TEMPERATURES A LITTLE BIT CHILLY NOT A GOOD SOUTH WIND BRINGING ENOUGH WARMTH TO KEEP THINGS WARM IN THE COAST IT HAS BEEN CHILLY ALL DAY IT REMAINS THAT WAY NOW

AT LEAST IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW YOU SEE NOTHING BUT SUNSHINE OTHER TEMPERATURES AROUND THE AREA, 57 IN PASADENA 61 IN LAKE CITY AND THE CURRENT TEMPERATURE IN LIVINGSTON IS 57 SUNNY BUT CHILLY

LOOK HOW LOW THE HUMIDITY IS TODAY BASICALLY BELOW 30% OVER MOST OF THE AREA THAT IS THE PERFECT RECIPE, LIGHT WIND AND LOW HUMIDITY AND SUNNY SKIES FOR THE TEMPERATURES TO FALL THIS EVENING WE WILL SEE THEM FALL DOWN TO 44 DEGREES BY 10:00 AT 3 A

M DOWN TO 40 FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, 38 IN HOUSTON 37 IN LIBERTY WE PROBABLY WON'T SEE AS MUCH FROST AS WE SAW THIS MORNING THIS MORNING THE TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE 20s TO THE WEST

HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW SHOULD REBOUND TO THE UPPER 60s AND LOW 70s TOMORROW WILL BE A LOT NICER EVEN WARMER WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY OVER THE WEEKEND WE WILL MAKE IT TO 74 SATURDAY AND INTO SUNDAY MAKING IT UP TO 75 DEGREES THE FIRST THING SATURDAY MORNING WILL BE ABOUT 43 DEGREES

GOING TO THE RODEO PARADE, NOT BAD 55 TO 65 WAS MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES, SO NOT ABOUT SATURDAY MORNING HERE IS A LOOK AT THE NATION MOST OF THE ACTION IS TO THE NORTH IN THE FORM SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS TO THE SOUTH IT IS COMPLETELY SUNNY

NO STORM SYSTEMS HEADING IN OUR DIRECTION ANYTIME SOON THE COMPUTER SEES THESE AREAS OF BLUE AND RED SHOWING MOST OF THAT TO THE NORTH GOING THROUGH THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AND WE WILL HAVE A BIG STORM SYSTEM MOVING IN OUR DIRECTION NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT THAT IS WHEN WE COULD SEE SOME THUNDERSTORMS AROUND HERE WE WILL TRACK THAT SYSTEM CLOSELY

NO RAIN OR SATURDAY 70 TOMORROW AND 74 SATURDAY 75 SUNDAY 77 MONDAY WITH A 20% CHANCE AND GETTING INTO TUESDAY DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS WE WILL HAVE 40% CHANCE, 80% AT NIGHT AFTER THAT WE WILL HAVE RAIN CHANCES GO DOWN AND THE TEMPERATURES WILL SLOWLY FALL GETTING TOWARD THE END OF THE WEEK

>>> DAVID, THANKS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE ALTERNATE ROUTES CLOSED SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND BETWEEN THE EAST FREEWAY AND 2 TO 5 THEY ARE BUSY LET ME GIVE YOU A LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON

HERE'S THE PROBLEM THE EAST LOOP WERE FOUND IN SOUTHBOUND AT CLINTON, THE INTERSTATE IS UNDERWATER AS WELL AS PARTS OF THE AREA IN THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD BELOW THE EAST LOOP THIS IS THE SOUTH LOOP AT 225 THE TRAFFIC IS NOT BEING ALLOWED TO HAD TO WEAR THAT ROUTE

IT IS BEING FUNNELED IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION 8 TO THE SOUTH LOOP BEING CLOSED WHERE IT BECOMES THE EAST LOOP HERE IS WHAT YOU ARE FACING IF YOU ARE USING AN ALTERNATE ROUTE ON THE EAST BELT THIS IS THE VIEW FROM PASADENA BOULEVARD BUMPER-TO-BUMPER IN BOTH DIRECTIONS IT'S A BUSY TIME OF DAY AND IT WILL BE BUSIER THAN USUAL DUE BACK TO THE FULL CLOSURE OF THE EAST LOOP

BE AWARE OF THAT HEADING OUT TODAY EVEN THE ALTERNATE ROUTES TAKE YOU LONGER BUT THEY ARE ACCIDENT FREE IT IS VERY CONGESTED AT THIS HOUR ALL RIGHT THANKS ALOT

US TALK ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET THE DOW LOST NEARLY 1200 POINTS TODAY OVER THE CORONAVIRUS IT IS THE BIGGEST ONE-DAY DIP IN HISTORY PASSING MONDAY'S OVER 1000 POINT DROP >> THE MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN MISSING FOUR MONTHS HAS DECIDED NOT TO FIGHT EXTRADITION FROM HAWAII TO IDAHO

>> MEANWHILE AUTHORITIES ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE MEETING, MISSING SIBLINGS THEY WERE LAST SEEN IN SEPTEMBER LORI BALOGH AND HER HUSBAND FLED TO IDAHO WHEN INVESTIGATOR STARTED TO LOOK IN THERE IN DISAPPEARANCE AND NOW THEY WERE APPEAR IN COURT YESTERDAY DURING THE HEARING HER ATTORNEY ASKED THE JUDGE TO LOWER THE BAIL BUT HE REFUSE SHE CONTINUES TO BE HELD ON A $5 MILLION BALE

>> LOOKING AT PICTURES OF A TUNNEL ON THE BORDER OF THE US AND MEXICO THE ENTRANCE OF THIS TUNNEL WAS FOUND BETWEEN THE US

AND NOGALES SOUTH OF TUCSON AUTHORITIES ARE BUSY INVESTIGATING >>> IN CALIFORNIA A STOLEN HEARSE THERE WAS A BODY INSIDE IT WAS RECOVERED AND ONE PERSON IS IN CUSTODY

IT WAS STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE A CHURCH WEDNESDAY NIGHT POLICE SAY THEY SPOTTED THE STOLEN HEARSE THIS MORNING AND STARTED TO CHASE IT THE DRIVER EVENTUALLY CRASHED AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY THE BODY WAS ALSO RECOVERED >>> BOSTON IS CONSIDERING CHANGES IN THE WAY IT HANDLES PARKING TICKETS

>> THERE IS A PROPOSAL FOR INCOME-BASED PARKING FINES HERE'S HOW IT WORKS THE COST OF THE FINE WOULD BE BASED ON THE DRIVER'S INCOME OR THEY WOULD LET THE DRIVERS PAY THEIR FINE OVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME THEY ARE MEETING TO DISCUSS THIS >>> COFFEE LOVERS, LISTEN TO THIS

WHAT IF YOU COULD GET UNLIMITED COUGHING FOUR $899 A MONTH THIS IS PART OF A PANERA BREAD COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM FOR $899 A MONTH YOU GET COFFEE EVERY TWO HOURS WITH UNLIMITED REFILLS AT THE CAFI AND IT DOESN'T MATTER

YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR THE SERVICE ON THEIR WEBSITE FOR THEIR APP >>> NOW A POSSIBLE DRAMATIC SHIFT IN THE NFL THEY ARE REPORTING REAGENT TOM BRADY IS OPERATING UNDER THE BELIEF HE WILL PLAY SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN NEW ENGLAND NEXT SEASON I'M NOT SURE I'M BUYING THIS REALLY CANNOT BEGIN TO NEGOTIATE UNTIL MARCH 16

IF HE GOES TO ANOTHER TEAM IT WILL END A 20 SEASON RUN WITH THE PATRIOTS HE WON SIX SUPER BOWLS, THE MOST IN NFL HISTORY >>> WE HAVE AN UPDATE RODEO HOUSTON SAID THE BARBECUE COOKOFF IS OPENING AT 5:00 AS PLANNED THEY HAVE TEAMS WITH WATER AND HAND SANITIZER AND THEY WILL SERVE BEVERAGES AND BOTTLES AND CANS

CHECK YOUR ROUTES TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN GET THERE SAFELY WE ARE TWO DAYS AWAY FROM THE PARADE WE WILL HOST THIS OUR COVERAGE STARTS AT 9:00 AM

SATURDAY IN THE PARADE STARTS AT 10:00 YOU CAN WATCH IT ALL RIGHT HERE ON ABC13 >>> ANOTHER LIVE LOOK HERE STEVE JOINS US WITH MORE ON THE MASSIVE WATER BREAK >> Reporter: YES, WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS ALL DAY LONG

WILL HAVE MORE ON THIS COMING UP ON LIVE AT FIVE THIS BREAK IS CAUSING MANY TRAFFIC TROUBLES YOU CAN SEE THE CARS STUCK OUT THERE NOW IT IS A 96 INCH PIPE THAT BURST AFFECTING A LOT OF THE CITY WILL HAVE THE DATES FROM CITY OFFICIALS AND TELL YOU HOW LONG THIS WILL LAST

COMING UP ON LIVE AT FIVE ABC13 EYEWITNESS NEWS >>> RIGHT NOW WE ARE CONTINUING OUR COVERAGE OF THE MASSIVE WATER MAIN BREAK ON THE 610 EAST LOOP AT CLINTON UNBELIEVABLY HUGE, AN EIGHT FOOT PIPE >> A MESSY SITUATION

SKYEYE IS OVER THE SCENE THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR WAS DOING SOME WORK FOR A WATER LINE PROJECT AND THAT'S WHEN THE SOIL SHIFTED IN THE MASSIVE EIGHT-FOOT WATERLINE FIRST CONTRACTORS ARE THERE TRYING TO ISOLATE THE BREAK AND DRAIN LINES CITY OFFICIALS EXPECT THIS TO TAKE SEVERAL HOURS IN THE WATER PRESSURE WILL BE LOW THROUGHOUT A HUGE PART OF THE AREA

>> AT LEAST 11 VEHICLES WERE STRANDED IN THE WATER EARLIER TODAY SOME PEOPLE HAD TO CLIMB ONTO THEIR ROOFS TO BE RESCUE RESCUE BOATS WERE SENT TO PULL THOSE DRIVERS TO SAFETY WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY NO ONE SUFFERED ANY MAJOR INJURIES HFD RESCUED THREE PEOPLE AND FIREFIGHTERS SEARCHED AND CLEARED 12 VEHICLES

EVERYONE WAS REMOVED FROM THE SCENE AND THE PUBLIC IS ASKED TO AVOID THE AREA >> GREAT ADVICE THE MAIN BREAK CAUSED A MAJOR WATER OUTAGE FOR MANY LOCATIONS IN THE AREA IT FORCED SEVERAL BUSINESSES TO CLOSE AND IT IS ALSO AFFECTING MANY HEALTH CLINICS AND VOTING CENTERS FOR THE PRIMARY COMING UP SUPER TUESDAY MANY HS ID SCHOOLS WERE AFFECTED

TOMORROW HS ID SAID THE SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED BECAUSE OF THIS TODAY ADMINISTRATORS HAD TO HAND OUT BOTTLES OF WATER TO THE STUDENTS BECAUSE THE WATER PRESSURE SITUATION ON THE CAMPUSES MULTIPLE COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE ALSO CLOSED >>> YES, ALONG WITH ST THOMAS

MAYOR TURNER IS URGING THE RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE WATER THE REST OF THE DAY AND THIS IS IMPORTANT HE IS ADDING A BOIL WATER ORDER IN EFFECT FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON IF YOU INTEND TO USE WATER OUT OF YOUR TAP YOU ARE URGED TO BOIL IT KINGWOOD IS THE ONLY EXCEPTION RESIDENTS SHOULD EXPECT LOW WATER PRESSURE IF YOU HAVE ANY WATER AT ALL THE NEXT 6 TO 8 HOURS

WE WANT TO SHOW YOU THE EXACT LOCATION WHERE THIS HAPPENED YOU ARE LOOKING AT A MAP OF THE EAST LOOP AT CLINTON THIS IS THE AREA WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR THE PIPE FIRST THIS AREA IS FLOODED, SHOWN IN BLUE >> MAYOR TURNER SPOKE ABOUT THE WATER MAIN BREAK A SHORT TIME AGO

HE WAS JOINED BY THE POLICE CHIEF AND THE COUNTY JUDGE AND MORE OFFICIALS HERE IS SOME OF WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY >> IT'S A MAJOR LINE 96 INCHES THE WATER FROM THE NORTHEAST WATER

VACATION PLANS PROVIDES 40% TO 50% OF WATER IN THE HOUSTON AREA THIS WAS A MAJOR BREAK >> I ANTICIPATE THEM ISSUING AN ORDER SAYING WE WILL HAVE TO BOIL WATER THE NEXT 24 HOURS I WANT TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE BREAK, TO SHUT IT OFF AND TO DRAIN THE LINES AND TO MAKE THE REPAIRS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE >> HERE'S THE TWEET FROM HISD TALKING ABOUT HOW SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW BECAUSE OF THE WATER MAIN BREAK

THIS IS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS AND STAFF THIS IS NOT SURPRISING FOR HOW MANY CAMPUSES WERE AFFECTED >>> ONE PERSON WE HAD TO PRESS INTO SERVICE AS WE WATCHED THIS NIGHTMARE IN THE TRAFFIC IS ELISSA RIVAS ELISSA, HAS THINKS GOTTEN BETTER ? >> THE PURPLE ON THE MAP PRESENTS THE CLOSURE IN PLACE FROM EAST FREEWAY DOWN TO 2 TO 5 WE DON'T SHOW YOU THIS COLOR OFTEN WITH OUR REAL-TIME DATA BUT PURPLE MEANS A TOTAL CLOSURE WITH THE ALTERNATE BEING THE EAST ALTON HIGHWAY 90 AND FEDERAL, ALL FAIRLY BUSY AT THIS HOUR

THE GULF FREEWAY IS ALSO EXPERIENCING DELAYS LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW THIS IS THE MAIN PROBLEM I CAN SAY FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE STARTING TO SEE SOME IMPROVEMENT THE WATER IS GOING DOWN SOME AT THIS LOCATION

NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND CLOSED BUT A LOT OF TRAFFIC IS BEING FUNNELED OFF WE WILL SHOW YOU THE VIEW FROM THOSE LOCATIONS WHEN YOU RUN INTO THIS AREA ALL THESE PEOPLE EXPECTING GO TO THE EAST LOOP ARE TRYING TO GET AS FAR AS THEY CAN TO THEIR DESTINATION AND THEY ARE BEING FUNNELED OFF THIS IS THE VIEW RIGHT NOW WHAT ABOUT THE ALTERNATE ROUTES ? THIS IS THE EAST BELT AT I-10

PEOPLE KNOW THEY HAVE TO GO THE EAST BELT ROUTE AND THEY ARE GETTING BACKED UP RIGHT NOW A LOT OF TRAFFIC CONGESTED ON THE ALTERNATE ROUTES HERE IS WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE EAST BELT THERE IS NO TOLLS RIGHT NOW THIS ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO USE THE ALTERNATE ROUTE WHICH IS A GOOD THING, BUT IT DOES MAKE IT A LOT BUSIER FROM THE FREEWAY ONTO THE KATHERINE WHALEY THREE , GULF FREEWAY

THEY ARE WAIVING THE TOLLS AND WE HAVE REAL TIME TRAFFIC DATA THROUGHOUT THE EVENING AS YOU MAKE YOUR DRIVE AROUND TOWN FOR THE NECESSARY APPOINTMENTS OR MAYBE FOR THE BARBECUE BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT ABC13COM AND ALSO ON OUR NEWS APP >>> DEVICE THERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED THERE

>>> NOW LET'S GO TO MARLA CARTER AT THE LOCATION WHERE WE HEARD FROM THOSE LEADERS NOT TOO LONG AGO THEY GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE WATER MAIN BREAK>> Reporter: YES, WE ARE AT 610 THE EAST LOOP YOU CAN SEE HERE THAT THE WATER IS STARTING TO RECEDE AND THERE ARE TWO REASONS AGAIN IT IS RECEDING NATURALLY AND IN ADDITION TEXDOT PARKED ON THE FREEWAY, WE JUST HEARD ELITA TALK ABOUT THIS

TEXDOT IS PUMPING OUT THE WATER ALONG THE FREEWAY THEY SAID IT WILL BE CLOSED SEVERAL HOURS NO WORD ON WHEN IT WILL OPEN WHAT WE KNOW IS, THERE WAS A 96 INCH, BASICALLY AN 8-FOOT WATER MAIN THAT BROKE TODAY CAUSING SERIOUS FLOODING IN THE AREA IN FACT, SO MUCH THAT EVEN SOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAD TO EVACUATE AND FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO RESCUE PEOPLE FROM THEIR VEHICLES

WE TALKED TO THE FIRE CHIEF THIS AFTERNOON HERE IS WHAT HE SAID >> WE CLEARED THE PLEASANTVILLE AREA HOMES AND THE FIREFIGHTERS CHECKED ABOUT 40 HOMES MAINLY STREET-LEVEL FLOODING IS WHAT THE EXPERIENCE THERE WERE SOME VEHICLES TRAPPED ON THE LOOP

12 OR 15 VEHICLES AND THE FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTED THREE PEOPLE FROM THE AREA >> Reporter: JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW HUGE THIS IS THE WATER SUPPLY'S 40% TO 50% OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON THAT'S A LOT OF WATER THAT'S WHY THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A SERIOUS IMPACT ANOTHER MAJOR CONCERN IS THAT NOW THAT THERE IS LIMITED WATER THEY ARE AFRAID IF THERE IS A FIRE IT COULD PUT THEM IN JEOPARDY

IS IS ANOTHER REASON THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO CONSERVE WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE COMING UP TONIGHT AT 6:00 REPORTING LIVE, MARLA CARTER >>> THAT IS MIND-BOGGLING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT HOW MANY AREAS OF THE CITY ARE AFFECTED THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARLA

>>> NOW WE JOIN ERICA SIMON IN THE AREA YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING TO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE WATER >> STEPHEN, WE HAVE AND THEY HAVE BEEN GOING WITH THE FLOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS NEXT IN TERMS OF THE TRAFFIC AND GETTING HOME AND IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO TAKE UP KIDS FROM SCHOOL WE'VE BEEN IN THE AREA A FEW HOURS HERE AT THE CORNER OF CAROLINE AND CLINTON THIS IS THE 9100 BLOCK NOT TOO FAR FROM WHERE MARLA WAS EARLIER TODAY

CHECK THIS OUT THIS IS TRUE YOU CAN SEE THE STREET AGAIN AND THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS THAT MEANS SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY THE EFFORTS ARE WORKING AND THAT IS GOOD NEWS HOPEFULLY THIS WILL ENCOURAGE THE PEOPLE AT HOME AT ONLINE

THIS AREA WAS A RIVER A SHORT TIME AGO WHAT A DIFFERENCE HALF AN HOUR MAKES WE CAN SEE THE CENTER SECTION THAT WASN'T THE CASE THIS AFTERNOON WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HOW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THEIR VEHICLES

WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE OF THEM >> THERE WAS TRAFFIC WE WERE ON THE BACKSIDE THE WATER HAD GOTTEN TO THEM IT HAD NOT GOTTEN TO US YET

THEY GOT TO US FAST REALLY FAST I'M TALKING ABOUT 2 MINUTES BEFORE I KNEW IT IT WAS ON THE TRUCK WE WERE DRIVING A BIG TRUCK

>> Reporter: I'VE SURE YOU'VE SEEN THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA BUT THE RUNNING JOKE IS HOW EVEN ON A SUNSHINY DAY LIKE THIS HOUSTON STILL MANAGES TO FLOOD AND THAT WE'VE REALLY GOT A PROBLEM WITH OUR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL BE LEFT UP TO BE HASHED OUT BY THE OFFICIALS SURELY THIS IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE ALL OF US ARE SHAKING OUR HEADS, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED SO QUICKLY LIKE THIS THE GOOD NEWS IS, EVERYBODY IS OKAY AND EVERYBODY WAS RESCUED THE WATER IS GOING DOWN

REPORTING LIVE, ERICA SIMON, ABC13 EYEWITNESS NEWS >> IT IS GOOD TO SEE PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER HELPING EACH OTHER >> YES, THAT'S HOUSTON FOR YOU WE STEP UP FOR OUR NEIGHBORS WE WANT TO HAND TO HEAD OVER TO CLINTON AND CAROLINA TO THE EAST WHERE NICK IS NOW

NICK THOMAS YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO FOLKS AS WELL? >> ERICA SAYS IT'S A GOOD THING IT IS IF THE WATER HAS GONE DOWN BUT LOOK AT THE NEST IT IS LEFT BEHIND LOOK AT THIS MASSIVE DEBRIS PILE OF TREES AND LIMBS AND OTHER ITEMS THIS IS WHAT THE NEIGHBORS ARE DEALING WITH

WHEN I ARRIVED A FEW HOURS AGO I COULDN'T STAND HERE WITHOUT BEING DRENCHED AS I MOVE AROUND IT IS A LOT BETTER AS YOU LOOK AT PEOPLE'S HOMES YOU CAN SEE HOW CLOSE THE WATER GOT TO ENTERING THEIR HOUSES I SPOKE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT ARE HAPPY THAT THE WATER DIDN'T GET INTO THEIR HOMES IT WAS QUITE THE SITE WHEN THEY OPEN THE FRONT DOOR TO SEE THE SUN SHINING AND WATER CREEPING UP TO THE FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE

WE SPOKE TO SOME PEOPLE HERE SHORTLY AFTER THE WATER MAIN BREAK TAKE A LISTEN TO HOW THEY DESCRIBE THIS AREA >> I WAS AT WORK AND I GOT A CALL TELLING ME TO FIND ANOTHER WAY HOME I CAME AROUND >> Reporter: AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE SOME PUBLIC WORKS CREWS WORKING ON SOME OF THE AREAS

YOU CAN SEE THEM OVER THERE THEY WILL BE OUT HERE CHECKING THINGS OUT NOW THAT THEY CAN GET TO THE AREA SOME PEOPLE HAVE ASKED HOW CAN I HELP REX TO THEY NEED HELP? THEY DON'T HAVE RUNNING WATER SOME PEOPLE LEFT TO GET SOME AT THE GROCERY STORE WATER IS A CONCERN SINCE THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO USE IT HERE IN THEIR HOMES

LIVE IN EAST HOUSTON, NICK NATARIO >>> WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK >>> WE WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO THE BREAKING NEWS SITUATION WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING IN THE EAST HOUSTON A MASSIVE WATER MAIN BREAK ON THE 610 EAST LEBEC CLINTON RIGHT NOW YOU ARE LOOKING AT TEXDOT CREWS LOOKING AT THE DIVIDER

YOU CAN SEE A NUMBER OF WORKERS ON THE SCENE THESE ARE LIVE SKYEYE PICTURES IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, A CONTRACTOR HIRED BY THE CITY WAS WORKING ON IT PROJECT WHEN THE SOIL, THE SOIL SHIFTED AND THE 96 INCH WATER MAIN BURST >> YES, THE REPAIR CREWS ARE WORKING TO ISOLATE THE BREAK AND DRAIN THE LINES CITY OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL TAKE SEVERAL HOURS AND THE WATER PRESSURE WILL BE OUT MOST OF THE AREA

LOW FOR MOST OF THE AREA FOR QUITE SOME TIME A DOZEN VEHICLES GOT STUCK IN THE RISING WATER WE WATCHED EARLIER FROM SKYEYE AS THREE PEOPLE WERE RESCUED FROM THEIR VEHICLES EVERYONE GOT OUT SAFELY >>> A LOT OF BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO RUNNING WATER

THAT INCLUDES SEVERAL SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE AREA WE HAVE A FULL LIST ON OUR WEBSITE AT ABC13COM THESE ARE LIFE PICTURES HERE >>> MAYOR TURNER URGING RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE WATER AND A BOIL WATER NOTICE IS IN EFFECT FOR 24 HOURS MEANING YOU SHOULD BOIL ANY WATER BEFORE USING IT TO DRINK OR COOK

KING WHAT IS THE EXCEPTION THE CITY SAYS THEY EXPECT THE LOW WATER PRESSURE TO LAST 6 TO 8 HOURS >>> DEMOCRACY 2020 TWO DEMOCRATIC HOPEFULS ARE IN TEXAS TODAY MIKE BLOOMBERG HAPPENING IN HOUSTON AND ELIZABETH WARREN HOLDING A TOWN HALL OVER IN SAN ANTONIO

WE HAD TEEN COVERAGE OF BOTH OF THESE CANDIDATES AND WE START WITH TOM ABRAMS WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE BLOOMBERG CAMPAIGN THIS CAMPAIGN SEEMS TO LIKE THE CITY OF HOUSTON >> YES, NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HAS BEEN TO HOUSTON MORE THAN MIKE BLOOMBERG HE WAS HERE AGAIN TODAY FOR ANOTHER TRIP AHEAD OF SUPER TUESDAY >>> THE HONORABLE MIKE BLOOMBERG

>> Reporter: MIKE BLOOMBERG TOOK THE STAGE DOWNTOWN AND IMMEDIATELY TALKED TEXAN >> I CONSIDERED READY TO RETURN BUT THE COMBINATION OF RODEO AND LIZ OH WAS TEMPTING I COULDN'T WAIT THAT LONG FOR ANOTHER BOX OF SHIPLEY'S POUR HE FLOODED THE AIRWAYS WITH TELEVISION ADS AND ASKED FOR SUPPORT OF THE POLLS AND MADE THE CASE WHY HE SHOULD BE THE NOMINEE >> WE NEED A PRESIDENT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AT ALL TIMES

I PROMISE YOU THAT IS THE KIND OF PRESIDENT I WILL BE>> Reporter: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HIS NAME WILL APPEAR ON A PRIMARY OR CAUCUS BALLOT HE STARTS THE RACE IN THE WHOLE DELICATE WISE BUT HIS TEAM TOLD ME THEY ARE CONFIDENT THEY CAN MAKE IT UP IN TEXAS THEY HAVE MORE THAN 100 STAFFERS AND 19 OFFICES STATEWIDE AND THEY EXPECT GOOD THINGS ON TUESDAY >> I'VE NEVER WORKED IN WASHINGTON

I DON'T MAKE PIE-IN-THE-SKY PROMISES I DON'T TALK UNTIL THE COW COMES HOME I AM NOT SOMEONE WHO YELLS SLOGANS EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT TRUE>> Reporter: HE IS NOT DONE WITH TEXAS HE HAS ANOTHER TRIP PLANNED IN SAN ANTONIO TALKING TO VOTERS THERE ON SUNDAY

LIVE NEAR DOWNTOWN, TOM ABRAHAMS >>> THANK YOU BLOOMBERG IS NOT THE ONLY CANDIDATE VISITING TODAY DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ELIZABETH WARREN IS MAKING HER WAY THROUGH THE STATE CAMPAIGNING FOR HER SPOT ON THE 2020 BALLOT AS WELL TODAY THE SENATOR IS HOLDING A TOWN HALL WITH A FORMER CANDIDATE, CASTRO

STEVE CAMPION IS LIVE FROM THIS EVENT WHERE THE DOORS ARE JUST ABOUT TO OPEN STEVE? >> IF WARREN WANTS TO TAKE ON TRUMP SUPPORTERS KNOW SHE NEEDS TO WIN RIVALS HAVE DRAWN BIGGER CROWDS AND WE HEARD THIS PAVILION IN SAN ANTONIO WHERE THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR THE SENATOR AS HER TOWN HALL IS SET TO BEGIN AT 6:30 THE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SENATOR WARREN TAKES HER FIGHT TO TEXAS TONIGHT SHE IS ASKING TEXANS TO DEBREAK THE ENTIRE CITY OF HOUSTON

>> IT HAPPENED ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WITHOUT WATER AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO FOLLOW THIS STORY WE WILL SEE YOU AT 6:00 >>> ABC 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS AND 6, NOW BREAKING NEWS >>> A MASSIVE WATER BREAK WAS THROUGH THE EAST LOOP

>> IT WILL BE HOURS BEFORE THEY REOPEN THE EAST LOOP >> AND NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS >> NEVER SAY NO ALL HARVEY DID WAS FLOOD THE FREEWAY IT DID NOT COME INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

>>> ABC 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 6, NOW BREAKING NEWS >>> THIS WAS A MAJOR BREAK >> A MASSIVE WATER BREAK THROUGH THE EAST LOOP >> IT WILL BE HOURS BEFORE THEY REOPEN THE EAST LOOP >> I HAVE NEVER SEEN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE THIS

EVEN HARVEY ALL HARVEY DID WAS FLOOD THE FREEWAY DOWN THERE IT DID NOT COME INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD >> IT TRIGGERS A WADDLE BOIL NOTICE >> THE ENTIRE CITY OF HOUSTON IS UNDER A WATER BOIL NOTICE AS CREWS LOOK TO FIX THE WATER BREAK

>> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAP IT SHOWS HOW MANY BUSINESSES HOW TO CLOSE MEANWHILE, A BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS INTO EFFECT UNTIL TOMORROW SO PLENTY OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE LOW WATER PRESSURE WELL INTO THE NIGHT >> THIS IS WHERE IT ALL STARTED AROUND NOON TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE EAST LOOP AND IT QUICKLY SPREAD

AS SOON AS IT HAPPENED, OUR CREW WENT TO GET THE LATEST UPDATES ON HOW AND WHY THIS HAPPENED AND WHAT IS BEING DONE >> WE ARE CHECKING IN WITH THEN WE ARE LIVE WITH MORE ON WHAT IS BEING DONE TO FIX THE BREAK >> Reporter: WE ARE AT 610 AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THE WATER HAS STARTED TO RECEIVE AND YOU CAN SEE IT HAS REALLY RECEDED WITH THIS ENTIRE AREA THAT WAS UNDERWATER INCLUDING SOME VEHICLES JUST LIKE JOHN'S THIS IS HIS CORVETTE AND YOU CAN SEE THIS IS THE WATER LINE THAT ROSE JUST ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AND HE ACTUALLY HAD TO PUSH WITH THE HELP OF OTHERS HIS CAR APPEAR TO HIGHER GROUND AND WATER STARTED COMING INSIDE OF HIS VEHICLE

THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THEIR CAR AND THREE IN ALL THEY SAID THEY WERE 12 OR 15 CARS THAT WERE IMPACTED BY ALL THE DERTMENT THEY HAD TO EVAC PEOPLE FROM SOME OF THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF THE RISING WATERS THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE KNOW THAT WATER IS BEING PUMPED OUT ON THE FREEWAY BUT THERE COULD BE SOME TIME BEFORE THAT IS ADDRESSED AND THEY ALSO SAY THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THE AREA AND ARE WORKING TO FIX IT BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A 96 INCH LINE THAT IS A HUGE BREAK JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH WATER THAT IS, THAT IS ABOUT 40 OR 50% OF THE WATER THAT COMES INTO THE CITY OF HOUSTON WHICH IS WHY IT WAS SUCH A MESS

JOHN IS GRATEFUL HE IS OKAY AND HERE IS WHAT HE SAID TO US MINUTES AGO >> THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF WATER WHICH LOOKED UNUSUAL BUT THEN IT KEPT GOING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN INTERRUPTED LIKE A BIG WATER HAMMER AND IT WENT MAYBE 15 FEET IN THE AIR NOBODY MOVED IT CAME UP SO FAST AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE IT IS AN EIGHT FOOT DIAMETER PIKE THAT BROKE

>> Reporter: AGAIN, THIS BREAK HAPPENED HOURS AGO BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE ROAD IS STILL CLOSED AND THE FREEWAY IS CLOSED AND THAT HAS CREATED A HUGE PROBLEM THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER CAN'T GET HERE TO HELP TOW HIS CAR SO HE IS STILL WAITING AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE STILL DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH THAT COULD BE EIGHT HOURS FROM THE INITIAL TIME THAT THE WATER MAIN BREAK OCCURRED TO HIM PEOPLE ACTUALLY SEE A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF WATER IN THEIR PIPES SO CERTAINLY A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE EVERYTHING IS FULLY REPAIRED >> THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE WE WILL STILL FILL THE IMPACT TOMORROW HISD SAYS ALL SCHOOLS AND OFFICES ARE CLOSED FRIDAY AND THEY WILL REOPEN ON MARCH 2, NEXT MONDAY

>> THE MAKEUP DAY WILL BE IN JUNE AND AGAIN THIS IS DUE TO THE MAJOR WATER BREAK THAT IS IMPACTING THE ENTIRE CITY OF HOUSTON NOW, WE WANT TO CHECK IN FOR MORE ON WHAT DEBORAH IS SEEING OUT THERE >> Reporter: THE WATER MAIN BREAK HAS WIDE-RANGING IMPACTS AND THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER IS NOT FAR FROM WHERE WE ARE NOW HOSPITALS ARE RESTRICTING VISITORS AND WE CAN SEE TRUCKS COMING INTO THE MEDICAL CENTER TO BRING IN WATER TO PLACES THAT ARE WITHOUT IT AND ALSO IN NEIGHBORHOODS MANY STILL HAVE LOW WATER PRESSURE AND WE SAW A DELIVERY OF WATER BOTTLES BEING BROUGHT TO ONE HOUSE RIGHT BEHIND US

PEOPLE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD NOTICED THE PRESSURE WAS DOWN BUT WHEN THEY FOUND OUT WHAT WAS CAUSING IT, THEY WERE AMAZED >> IT WAS A SMALL TRICKLE AND THAT I READ THERE WAS A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND I TURNED ON THE NEWS >> THINKING ABOUT THAT ON A SUNNY DAY WAS MY FIRST REACTION >> SHE CALLED IT HARVEY WITHOUT THE RAIN THAT WAS THE IMPACT THAT SHE SAID IT HAD ON THE EAST PART OF HOUSTON AND THE BOIL WATER NOTICE FOR FAMILIES WILL BE A BIG DEAL ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE TO BOIL WATER FOR THEIR KIDS AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY AND ONE MOM SAID HER CHILDREN PROBABLY WILL BE TAKING SHOWERS FOR A FEW DAYS

>> THANK YOU FOR THE LIVE UPDATE WE ARE TALKING TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE BREAK AND ARE LIVE WITH AN UPDATE >> Reporter: THAT IS RIGHT RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN THE THIRD WARD AREA AND WE WERE TRYING TO SEE WHO IS AFFECTED WE WANT TO SHOW YOU VIDEO OF WHAT WE FOUND WITH THE NEW H-E- B AND PEOPLE WALKING OUT WITH A FEW BOTTLES OF WATER AND WE SAW A MAN THAT WAS GOING INSIDE WHEN HE CAME OUT AND HE TOLD US THE SHELLS ARE EMPTY SO HE WAS DISAPPOINTED AND SAID I WILL HAVE TO DRIVE AROUND THE CITY AND SEE WHERE I CAN GET WATER FOR THE NIGHT AND WE ALSO SAW PORTER PARTIES THAT WERE BEING BROUGHT IN TO THE H-E-B AND WE ARE ASSUMING IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MAIN BREAK BUT WE ARE STILL TRYING TO FIND OUT IF THAT IS INDEED THE CASE BUT YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING

I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE MAN THAT I SPOKE TO AND LET'S LISTEN TO WHAT HE HAD TO SAY >> THEY SAID EMERGENCY TROUBLE >> NOW YOU HAVE TO GO FIND SOME >> I HAVE TO GO FIND SOME I WILL LOOK AROUND

HAVE TO HAVE IT >> HAVE TO HAVE IT ESPECIALLY WITH AN EVENT AS BIG AS THIS ONE HERE IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON EARLIER, WE HEARD FROM THE MAYOR SAYING THE CITY IS UNDER A WATER BOIL NOTICE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE WATER ARE TAKING THE PRECAUTION BUT THE MAN THAT WE SPOKE TO SAID THEY DON'T HAVE ANY WATER SO THEY ARE DRIVING AROUND THE CITY TO SEE WHERE THEY CAN FIND SOME FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO AND THAT IS THE VERY LATEST >> NOT FAR FROM WHERE THE WATER MAIN BREAK OCCURRED, NICK NATARIO IS LIVE WITH AN UPDATE >> Reporter: WE ARE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUST EAST OF 610 ON CLINTON DRIVE AND WHILE EVERYONE HAS TALKED ABOUT HOW IT HAS IMPACTED NEIGHBORHOODS, I WANT TO SHOW THE CLEANUP

THE WATER IS GONE BUT YOU CAN SEE JUST THE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS THAT HAS PILED UP BUT THIS LOOKS LIKE A BEAVER HAD COME OUT HERE THIS AFTERNOON AND LOOK AT THE PILE OF DEBRIS THAT IS NOW SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS TRENCH THAT IS PILED UP BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE WATER MAIN BREAK AND YOU CAN SEE THIS WHOLE AREA WAS UNDERWATER AND YOU CAN SEE HOW NICE AND DRY IT IS WE SPOKE TO SOME PEOPLE THAT LIVE ON THE STREET AND WE ASKED THEM AS THEY WERE WATCHING, WHAT WAS RUNNING THROUGH THEIR MINDS AS THEY WERE LOOKING AT ALL OF THAT >> MY HUSBAND CALLED ME AND SAID DON'T COME TO THE FREEWAY I WAS COMING HOME AND HE SAID DON'T COME TO THE FREEWAY OR YOU WON'T GET HOME HE SAID EVERYTHING IS FLOODED AND I SAID IT CAN'T BE FLOODED AND HE SAID IT IS A BUSTED PIPE

>> Reporter: CAN YOU IMAGINE, THE SUN IS SHINING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET TOLD YOUR STREET IS UNDERWATER? THAT IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE FOR THESE PEOPLE OUT HERE AND THE THING THAT THEY ARE ALL DEALING WITH THE ONLY HAVE TO CLEANUP BUT THEY STILL DON'T HAVE WATER PRESSURE SO A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET WATER AT THE NEARBY GROCERY STORES WE ARE LIVE IN NEARBY HOUSTON, NICK NATARIO, ABC 13 NEWS >> WITH THE CLOSURE STILL IN PLACE , NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND THROUGH THE EAST LOOP, YOU WILL NEED TO USE THOSE ALTERNATE ROUTES AND LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE MUCH IMPROVED LOCATION CLINTON IS STILL NOT DRIVABLE WHAT WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS IN TERMS OF THE WATER STARTING TO DRINK AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING THROUGH BELTWAY 8, WE ARE SEEING BUMPER-TO-BUMPER TRAFFIC AND THIS IS THE VIEW FROM OUR CAMERAS AND THIS IS BUMPER-TO- BUMPER AND A SLOW DRIVE DESPITE IT BEING OPEN AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY TOLLS

MAYBE THAT IS THE REASON AND TOLLS HAVE BEEN WAIVED AT THE MAIN PLAZA AND ENTRANCES AND EXITS TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC TO THE AREA DUE TO THE CLOSURE YOU CAN SEE AND SOME OF THE BUSIEST PARTS AS WE SHOWED YOU, JUST MOVING AT 12 MILES PER HOUR THROUGH THE PASADENA AREA A LOT OF YOU HAVE PLANS SO I WANTED TO TAKE YOU INTO ENERGY PARK AND THIS LOOKS NORMAL HONESTLY FROM A TRAFFIC STANDPOINT WE HAVE SOME SLOWDOWNS ON KIRBY AND FANNIN AND THE SOUTH LOOP LOOKS GOOD IN THIS LOCATION SO IF YOU CAN STRUGGLE THROUGH THOSE CONGESTED CORRIDORS, ONCE YOU GET TO ENERGY PARK, IT WILL NOT BE TOO BAD >>> ALSO, WANT TO GIVE YOU A LIVE LOOK FROM THE SKY EYE OVER THE SECTION OF THE EAST LOOP THAT SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE WATER MAIN BREAK AND HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOILING YOUR WATER

THE WATER SHOULD BE AT SOLID BOIL FOR AT LEAST TWO MINUTES AND THEN MAKE SURE TO LET BEFORE PUTTING IN A NEW CONTAINER AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING BOTTLED OR BOILED WATER THAT IS COOLED AND YOU ALSO NEED TO USE BOTTLED OR BOILED WATER FOR BRUSHING YOUR TEETH AND WHEN BATHING DO NOT SWALLOW THE WATER >> NO ONE IMAGINE THAT LOOP 610 WOULD LOOK LIKE THAT ON A DAY LIKE THIS WHEN IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND SUNNY THAT CLEAR SKY MEANS WE ARE IN FOR ANOTHER QUICK COOLDOWN WITH PATCHY FROST POSSIBLE AS TEMPERATURES FALL BACK INTO THE 30s BUT A WARMING TREND TAKES HOLD THAT COULD BRING THUNDERSTORMS ON ELECTION DAY MORE ON THAT IN YOUR FORECASTS >>> THAT MASSIVE WATER BREAK REMAINS UNDER A BOIL WATER ADVISORY AND HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT OFFICIALS TRYING TO GET THINGS UNDER CONTROL

CREWS ARE WORKING TO CLEAR THE BREAK WITH TRAFFIC UP AND MOVING ONCE AGAIN WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN JUST A FEW MINUTES STAY WITH US LINE ONCE THAT WATER IS GONE, REPAIR WORK WILL BEGIN

HERE IS A LIVE LOOK AT IT RIGHT NOW AS THEY TRY TO BEGIN THOSE REPAIRS THE CITY SAYS THE WATER SUPPLY IS SAFE BUT THEY HAVE PUT IN PLACE A 24 HOUR BOIL NOTICE >> THERE ARE 40 OR 50% OF THE ENTIRE CITY'S WATER SUPPLY IN THAT A TREATY IS ALSO PROTECTING HOMES TONIGHT IN THE FLOODED AREAS UNTIL RESIDENTS CAN GET BACK TO THEIR HOMES MEANWHILE, HISD HAS CANCELED CLASSES FOR FRIDAY AND WE HAVE CREWS ALL ACROSS HOUSTON GETTING NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROBLEM IMPACTING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

>>> WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH MARLA CARTER WHO HAS AN UPDATE ON THE CITY'S RESPONSE >> Reporter: WE ARE IN QUICK RIGHT NOW WHEN YOU CAN SEE THE ROADWAY IS STILL SHUT OFF AND STILL IS 610 IN THIS AREA ALL DUE TO THAT WATER THE GOOD NEWS IS IT HAS RECEDED BUT THERE IS STILL SOME DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAID THEY HAD TO RESCUE AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE FROM VEHICLES AND WE KNOW THAT BETWEEN 12 AND 15 VEHICLES WERE TRAPPED AS THE CAR STARTED TO TAKE ON WATER FORTUNATELY, NO ONE WAS HURT AND THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT SOME RESIDENTS WERE IMPACTED AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EVACUATED 40 HOMES TO STAY ON THE SAFE SIDE AND THE PLEASANTVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD JUST TO MAKE SURE THOSE RESIDENTS WILL BE OKAY AS YOU MENTIONED, THIS IS ALL BECAUSE OF A 96 INCH WATER LINE BREAK THAT HAPPENED WHICH IS ABOUT EIGHT FEET AND THAT APPLIES A CYNIC AND AMOUNT OF WATER TO THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND THAT IS WHY THIS CAUSED SO MANY PROBLEMS

WE TALKED TO PEOPLE THAT SAY INTERRUPTED SUDDENLY AND SO DESCRIBED HEARING A BOOM WE TALKED TO A NEIGHBOR WHOSE NEIGHBORHOOD STARTED TAKING ON WATER AND HERE IS WHAT HE SAID >> I WAS AT WORK AND THEY WERE TELLING ME ABOUT IT AND THEY WERE ASKING IF MY HOUSE WAS OKAY I WAS JUST WORRIED ABOUT THE HOUSE BUT EVERYTHING IS OKAY >> WHEN YOU FIRST SAW IT DID YOU THINK LIKE HOLY CRAP? >> YES

WHEN I GOT ON MY PHONE, I SAW ALL THE RESCUE SO IT WAS KIND OF CRAZY >> Reporter: WE ARE GLAD HE IS OKAY AND EVERYONE IS OKAY NO REPORTS OF ANY INJURIES BUT IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO RECOVER THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED WHERE THAT BREAK OCCURRED AND ARE WORKING TO REPAIR IT BUT IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND WE ARE TALKING HOURS BEFORE THE WATER PRESSURE IS BACK TO WHERE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS URGING EVERYONE TO CONSERVE WATER THEY SAID IF THERE IS A FIRE, IT COULD PUT THEM IN A PREDICAMENT

THEY HAVE TANKERS SET UP IN CASE THERE IS A FIRE SO THEY CAN RESPOND BUT THEY ARE WANTING YOU TO CONSERVE WATER SO ANYTHING HAPPENS, THERE IS WATER IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION >> WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT FIRES >>> THIS HAS BEEN CAUSING MAJOR TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE ACROSS THE EASTSIDE AND EVEN BEYOND IT >> LET'S LOOK AT HOW THE EAST LOOP IS BEING SHUT DOWN THIS IS IMPACTING THE BUSY COMMUTE

>> WE ARE ENTERING OUR SEVEN OF THIS HUGE DISRUPTION THROUGH THE EVENING COMMUTE AND WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS THIS AREA STILL SHUT DOWN AS WE LOOK AT THE CAMERAS, WE CAN SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING AND THIS IS 225 WHERE IT IS SHUT DOWN HERE AT THIS LOCATION AND THEY ARE NOT ALLOWING TRAFFIC TO CONTINUE ON THE EAST LOOP OVER THE CHANNEL BRIDGE THIS SHOWS WHAT IS GOING ON IN OTHER AREAS AND THIS IS THE EAST LOOP WHERE THEY'RE HAVING TO FUNNEL EVERYONE OFF OF COURSE, THEY ARE CAUSING TRAFFIC TIEUPS LOOKING AT THE MAP RIGHT NOW, THE TOLLS FOR EAST BELT ARE WAIVED FROM THE FREEWAY TO THE GULF FREEWAY TO ALLOW EASIER TRAFFIC FLOW AND MORE OPTIONS FOR THOSE THAT DON'T USUALLY USE THE TOLL ROADS

WE ARE ALSO SEEING SLOW TRAFFIC THROUGH PASADENA RIGHT NOW AND A LITTLE BIT SLOW OVER THE CHANNEL BRIDGE YOU CAN SEE THIS IS THE AREA OF THE CLOSURE AND AS WE GET INTO THE LATER EVENING HOURS, WE ARE SEEING SOME RELIEF AND 90 IS LOOKING PRETTY GOOD BUT THE MAIN TRAFFIC DATA IS AT ABC13COM AND ALSO ON HER NEWS APP >> A LOT OF FOLKS ARE WONDERING AT THE WATER SUPPLY IS SAFE AND THAT IS THE CONCERN BUT THE CITY SAYS IT IS IN FACT SAFE AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS ALSO TELLING US TO BOIL WATER OR USE BOTTLED WATER >> THIS IS CAUSING A BIG RUN ON WATER

WE HAVE MORE ON THAT AND WHAT IS BEING DONE TO HELP STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON >> Reporter: WE WERE DRIVING AROUND TALKING TO SOME OF THE EFFECTIVE FOLKS AND THEY WERE GOING TO DIFFERENT ATVS AND GROCERY STORES TRYING TO FIND BOTTLED WATER SO WE CAME HERE ON CAMPUS TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON BECAUSE A LOT OF THE STUDENTS ARE NOT ABLE TO USE THEIR BATHROOMS I WAS TALKING TO SOME OF THEM AND THEY SAID THEY CAN WASH THE DISHES AND THEY CAN'T COOK SO RIGHT HERE, THEY HAVE A LOT OF FOOD TRUCKS FOR THE STUDENTS AND EXTRA ONES ON HAND JUST IN CASE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IS ACTIVATED AND THEY ARE ADDING PORTA POTTY'S, DIFFERENT ONCE HERE FOR THE STUDENTS THAT LIVE ON CAMPUS EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO ACCOMMODATE THE STUDENTS

THE DINING TEAM IS WORKING TO BRING IN BOTTLED WATER AND ALSO HAVE THEM PACKING LUNCHES LIKE SANDWICHES AND SALADS AND FRUIT FOR THE STUDENTS HERE I WAS TALKING TO SOME OF THE STUDENTS THAT LIVE ON CAMPUS AND LET'S LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY >> I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO WASH DISHES OR EVEN TAKE A BATH OR ANYTHING >> SO FAR, THIS HAVING MY FIRST REAL MEAL OVER HERE AT THE FOOD TRUCK >> THANK GOODNESS FOR THOSE FOOD TRUCKS

JUST OVER HERE ALONG MY LEFT SIDE, THEY ARE HERE FOR A GOOD WHILE AND THE STUDENTS ELEVATE CAMPUS ARE ABLE TO WALK OVER HERE AND GRAB DINNER AND THEN HEAD BACK TO THEIR DORM THEY ARE STILL GIVING BOTTLED WATER TO THE STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL THEY HAVE TO WAIT THIS OUT JUST LIKE THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND THAT IS THE VERY LATEST >> DURING THE LIVE COVERAGE, WE SHOWED YOU THESE WORKERS HERE THING RESCUED BY FIREFIGHTERS ALONG THE EAST LOOP >> TJ PARKER IS JOINING US WITH MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDED RESCUING TODAY

>> Reporter: GOOD EVENING, I WANTED TO GET TO THAT BUT I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT IS TAKING PLACE BEHIND US WE ARE NOT FAR FROM WHERE THE WATER BLIND BROKE JUST EAST OF 610 AND YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF PUBLIC WORKS OFFICIALS OUT HERE AND THEY ARE CLEANING UP BRUSH IN THE DISHES HERE THAT GOT CAUGHT UP BECAUSE OF THE WATER ON THE ROAD YOU CAN SEE THE WATER IS DRY BUT IT WAS COMPLETELY FLOODED EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON AS WE HAD SHOWN YOU LET'S GET TO THE GUYS THAT WERE RESCUED WE HAD SPOKEN TO THEM AND THESE TWO GUYS WERE WORKING AND THEY WERE ON 610 AS THEY WERE DRIVING, THEY CAME UP TO A STANDSTILL IN TRAFFIC AND DIDN'T THINK MUCH OF IT

ONCE THEY GOT STOPPED, THEY STARTED TO NOTICE WATER RISING UP INTO THEIR TRUCK AND THAT IS WHEN THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO GET OUT AND THEY CLIMBED UP TO THEIR WINDOW AND ONTO THE ROOF OF THEIR TRUCK BEFORE THEY WERE RESCUED TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY >> A GOD TO US REALLY FAST I'M TALKING ABOUT TWO MINUTES BEFORE I KNEW IT, WE WERE DRIVING A BIG TRUCK

>> WE HAD A REAL OURSELVES INTO THE TRUCK >> IT WAS JUST THE WORST DAY >> Reporter: YOU CAN IMAGINE SOME SCARY MOMENTS FOR THEM HERE ON 610 AS CREWS CONTINUE TO CLEAR UP THIS DITCH AND YOU CAN SEE THE WATER IS NOW MOVING THROUGH THE DITCH WHICH IS SOME GOOD NEWS AGAIN, THIS ROAD HERE AT CLINTON IS CLOSED AND WE TALKED TO SOME OFFICIALS ASKING IF THEY HAD ANY IDEA WHEN THIS MIGHT REOPEN AND THEY THEMSELVES SAY THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT REPORTING LIVE, TJ PARKER, ABC 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS

>> GLAD THOSE FELLOWS ARE OKAY >>> MORE NEWS COMING UP AND WE ARE CONTINUOUSLY MONITORING THE MAJOR WATER BREAK THAT ISSUED A BOIL WATER NOTICE AND IS ALSO IMPACTING TRAFFIC NEAR THE EAST LOOP I WILL GIVE YOU A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW MASSIVE THE WATER MAIN BREAK IS >>> BLOOMBERG MADE A STOP IN HOUSTON DAYS BEFORE THE >>> WE WANT TO GO BACK TO THE MAJOR BREAKING NEWS WORKERS ARE NOW DRAINING AN EIGHT FOOT WATER MAIN THAT BURST AND FLOODED THE EAST LOOP

TAKE A LOOK ABOVE THE SCENE WE ARE GETTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE SIZE OF THAT WATER MAIN BREAK >> JUST TO GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AS TO HOW MASSIVE AND BIG THIS PIPE IS, I AM ABOUT FIVE FOOT 10 AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A 96 INCH UNDERGROUND PIPE THAT BURST HERE AND WE ARE TALKING EIGHT FEET IN DIAMETER TAKE A LOOK THIS IS HERE INSIDE OF THIS BROKEN PIPE AND IT IS HUGE

LOOK AT ALL THE ROOM LAST YEAR BUT ONLY IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT CAME RUSHING OUT OF HERE AND HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR THE WATER TO DRAIN >>> THE RODEO SENT OUT THIS TWEET ABOUT THE COOKOFF THAT STARTED TODAY ALL AREAS ARE SELF-CONTAINED THERE WILL BE HAND SANITIZING STATIONS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE SERVED IN BOTTLES AND CANS >>> WE ARE JUST FIVE DAYS OUT FROM THE CRUCIAL SUPER TUESDAY PRIMARIES

MIKE BLOOMBERG RETURNED TO HOUSTON TODAY TRYING TO RALLY HIS VOTERS >> TEXAS WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN NARROWING DOWN THE FIELD OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND TOM ABRAMS IS LIVE TONIGHT WITH BLOOMBERG'S COMMENTS TO HIS SUPPORTERS >> Reporter: MIKE BLOOMBERG HAS NOT HAD A SINGLE CANDIDATE YET BUT THEY EXPECT THAT TO CHANGE WITH ALL THE EFFORT THEY HAVE PUT INTO TAXES >> WE HAVE ONLY FIVE DAYS UNTIL SUPER TUESDAY >> MIKE BLOOMBERG TOOK THE STAGE ON A CRISP THURSDAY MORNING EXACTLY ON SCHEDULE AND IN A CONCISE SPEECH TO SUPPORTERS, HE MADE HIS CASE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATION AND THE WHITE HOUSE

>> WE NEED TO NOMINATE SOMEONE AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET I CAN BUILD A BROAD COALITION THAT RALLIES DEMOCRATS AND ATTRACTS INDEPENDENTS AND MODERATE REPUBLICANS AND THAT IS WHAT I HAVE DONE IN ALL THE RACES THAT I HAVE RUN AND I HAVE WON THEM ALL >> HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF SAID THEY HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON BUILDING A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AND THEY BELIEVE IT IS UNMATCHED AMONG THEIR COMPETITORS THEY HAVE MORE THAN 2400 STAFF INCLUDING IN TEXAS >> I HOPE YOU WILL TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORS HOW IMPORTANT THEIR VOTES ARE IF THEY ASK ABOUT MY CAMPAIGN AND WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, JUST TELL THEM I AM RUNNING A CAMPAIGN FOR CHANGE IN SANITY AND HONESTY AND INCLUSION AND COMPASSION AND A CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DECENCY

>> BLOOMBERG'S NAME HAS NOT APPEARED ON THE BALLOT AND WON'T UNTIL TUESDAY AND WITH SO MUCH AT STAKE, THEIR BELIEF IS THE RACE IS FAR FROM DECIDED THEY HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE BUT NOW THEY NEED THE VOTES >> THIS COMING TUESDAY, YOU CAN WATCH SUPER TUESDAY YOUR VOICE YOUR VOTE AT 7 PM AND THEN IS FOLLOWED BY EYEWITNESS NEWS YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE BEGINNING AT 7 PM AND WATCH OUR STREAM OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 10 AND THEN 10:35 WITH LOCAL STATE AND NATIONAL RACES >>> IT WILL BE ANOTHER COLD NIGHT

VISITED 32 OF THE BUSH AIRPORT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE DECEMBER 19 AND THIS MIGHT BE THE LAST FREEZE WINTER HAS TO THROW IT COULD TOUCH BUT WE ARE IN THE 20s IN PLACES LIKE CONROE AND HUNTSVILLE THE FREEZE LINE IS MAKING IT DEEP DOWN INTO THE COASTAL COUNTIES TONIGHT, SIMILAR CASES IN PLACE BUT THE AIR HAS WARMED UP COMPARED TO WHAT IT WAS YESTERDAY SO WE WILL GET INTO THE 30s BUT MOST SHOULD STAY ABOVE FREEZING THIS AIR TEMPERATURE IS ABOUT SIX FEET IN THE GROUND SO IT CAN BE FREEZING AT GROUND LEVEL BUT PATCHY FROST IS POSSIBLE TO LEAVE THE PLANTS COVERED UP FOR ONE MORE NIGHT

HERE IS A LOOK AT LOW TEMPERATURES THE NEXT 10 MORNINGS AND LOOK AT THIS HUGE WARM-UP WITH A MILD LOW OF 69 ON ELECTION DAY AND THAT IS ADVANCE OF A SPRINGLIKE STORM SYSTEM THAT COULD BRING SEVERE WEATHER TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS MORE ON THAN JUST A MOMENT IT IS 57 AT BUSH AIRPORT AND THE DEW POINT IS IN THE 20s WITH THE DRY AIR AND CLEAR SKY COMBINATION LEADING TO MAXIMUM COOLING AND THE TEMPERATURE SHOULD FALL QUICKLY BUT WE WILL BE UP INTO THE 40s AND SHOULD IT HIT UPPER 30s BEFORE SUN SIGN YOU HAVE THE WIND STIRRING AND I'M POUNDS PER HOUR THE ACCOUNT CAME WAY DOWN BECAUSE OF THE SLOWER WINDS AND THE FREEZE WE HAD WITH WIDESPREAD FROST AND THE TREE POLLEN COUNT WAS STILL HIGH WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE (, IT WAS OVER 2100 AND DOWN TO JUST 200 BUT WE ARE ON THE FRONT END OF THE POLLEN SEASON AND WE WILL SEE THAT SPIKE BACK TO THE SEVERAL THOUSANDS AS WE GET DEEPER INTO THE MONTH OF MARCH

THE WEEKEND AHEAD LOOKS FANTASTIC AND SATURDAY MORNING WE START AT 43 AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO THE RODEO PARADE, WE WILL START OFF 55 AND FISHING AT 65 WITH A HIGH IN THE MID- 70s THERE WILL BE A STRONG SOUTH WHEN THAT DEVELOPS AND IT WILL BE BREEZY AND THE CLOUDS WILL COME BACK AND THERE'S A 20% CHANCE OF A SHOWER BUT I WOULD NOT LET YOU SCARE THAT AWAY FROM ANYTHING THIS IS A SPRINGLIKE STORM SYSTEM ROLLING THROUGH THE PACIFIC COLD FRONT THAT WILL BRING A LINE OF STORMS AND THE STORM PRODUCTION CENTER STARTED TO AGREE THAT THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT WE WILL HAVE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AT A 50% CHANCE SOMETIME ON TUESDAY OR TUESDAY NIGHT YOU HAVE TO PIN US DOWN ON THE TIMING AND MOST LIKELY THIS WOULD BE IN THE EVENING OR OVERNIGHT HOURS WITH A GREATER RISK OF TO THE NORTHEAST OF HOUSTON THAT IS THE NEXT THING WE WILL BE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON AND AFTER THE COLD START, BEAUTIFUL WEATHER AND THE HIGH IS 70

WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THAT? MOSTLY CLOUDY AND THEN MONDAY WILL FEEL THE MIGHTINESS OF THE AIR AS THE TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO CLIMB AND TUESDAY'S HIGH IS AROUND 80 WITH A 40% CHANCE OF RAIN AND THAT INCREASES TO 80% OVERNIGHT AND AFTER THAT FRONT, WE HAVE ANOTHER ROUND OF PLEASANT WEATHER WITH SUNSHINE" WARNINGS AND MILD AFTERNOONS BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE ANYWHERE NEAR AS COLD AS IT HAS BEEN THE PAST FEW DAYS>>> COMING UP, THERE IS NOT A TRIAL OVER THIS BIG FIRE AND EXPLOSION COMING UP NEXT, THE MESSAGE SENT TODAY IN OPEN ARGUMENTS WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK A JURY I HEAR TESTIMONY ABOUT A FIRE IN THE CROSBY AREA

THIS ALL WENT DOWN DURING THE HURRICANE HARVEY FLOOD >> MIYA SHAY SHARES TONIGHT WHAT HAPPENED DURING TODAY'S OPENING STATEMENTS >> Reporter: MORE THAN TWO YEARS AFTER THE CHEMICAL PLANT SET OF FLAMES AND TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE AIR IN THE DAYS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY, THE COMPANY AND THREE EXECUTIVES ARE FINALLY ON TRIAL FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES IN OPENING STATEMENTS, THEY SAID THE COMPANY NEVER MADE AN EFFORT TO MOVE THE COMBUSTIBLE CHEMICALS EVEN AS HARVEY FLOOD WATERS BEGAN INUNDATING THE PLANT >> THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE AS THEY DID EVERY CIVIL TIME NOT TO REMOVE A SINGLE MILLILITER OF ORGANIC PEROXIDE FROM THE PLANT

>> PROSECUTORS ALLEGE THAT THE COMPANY AND EXECUTIVES MISLED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON HOW IT WAS ABLE TO MONITOR THE TEMPERATURE OF THE CHEMICALS AND THAT THEIR ACTIONS INJURED FIRST RESPONDERS >> THEY MADE NO EFFORT TO USE THE DRIVERS THEY HAD TO REMOVE ANY PART OF IT , EVEN THE MOST DANGEROUS PARTS >> LAWYERS THAT WERE PRESENT THE COMPANY SAYS THERE WERE DETAILS IN PLACE ON WHAT TO DO DURING HURRICANES HOWEVER, THEY POINT OUT NO ONE COULD'VE PREDICTED THE SEVERITY OF HURRICANE HARVEY >> SOME PEOPLE CALL HURRICANE HARVEY A 2000 YEAR FLOOD

I SUGGEST TO YOU THAT WILL THAT WAS ALMOST BACKWARDS THAT WAS THE LAST TIME SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENED >> THE DEFENSE FROM EXECUTIVES THAT HARVEY WAS AN ACT OF GOD AND NOTHING THE MANAGERS COULD HAVE DONE IT HAVE CHANGED THE OUTCOME >> IT WAS ENOUGH WATER FROM HURRICANE HARVEY TO FILL THE ASTRODOME, 3200 TIMES IS THAT BIBLICAL? >> THE STATEMENTS WERE CUT SHORT TODAY A MAJOR BREAK IN FLOODING

THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO RESUME NEXT WEEK >>> WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH AN UPDATE ON THE WATER MAIN BREAK STAY WITH US CREWS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ISOLATE THE BREAK AND THE WATER PRESSURE SHOULD BE SOLELY RESTORED OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS THE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A BOIL ADVISORY OR ASKED TO USE BOTTLED WATER FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS

>> AFTER YOU SETTLE IN, WE HAVE A LOT MORE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT >> ON THE ABC 13 USE APP, THERE IS A LIST THAT WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE DOING TO ANTICIPATE OUTBREAKS >> WE ALSO HAVE AN ARTICLE SURROUNDING THE CORONAVIRUS >> MORE THAN 500 COMMENTS ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE WITH ALEX BREGMAN BECOMING THE SEVENTH PITCHER HIT BY A PITCH IN FIVE GAMES IS THAT RETALIATION OR JUST AN ACCIDENT? >> THAT IS WHAT FOLKS ONLINE ARE ASKING

>>> WE HAVE A FINAL LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST >> IT WILL GET CHILLY WITH LIGHT WINDS AND DRY AIR IN PLACE THE TEMPERATURE WILL DROP LIKE A ROCK THE CENTER IS DOWN TO 45 IN GALVESTON AND 45 DEGREES IN ANGLETON WE ARE EXERTING TEMPERATURES TO DIP TO THE MID AND UPPER 30s BY SUNRISE THOUGH THERE COULD BE PATCHY FROST WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING

>> THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE WITH US TONIGHT THAT IS ALL FOR US HERE THE NEXT NEWSCAST IS TONIGHT AT 10:00 >> YOU CAN GO TO ABC13COM RIGHT NOW AND WATCH THE RECAP OF THE TOP STORIES

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