Truck strikes fire hydrant, breaks downtown Yoakum water main (video)

Part of downtown Yoakum without water after main breaks

Much of downtown Yoakum spent Thursday without water after a truck struck a fire hydrant Thursday morning.

As of 9 p.m. Thursday, three city blocks were without water, City Manager Kevin Coleman said.

He did not know how much longer the repairs would take.

The problem started between 6:30 and 7 a.m. when an 18-wheeler turned the corner off Lott Street onto Nelson Street and struck a fire hydrant. That cracked the water main under the street. It left a two-block area without water, Coleman said.

At least two restaurants, a flower shop, beauty salons, the post office and the fire department were among the businesses left without water.

Stress fractures in the pipes complicated the repair process, causing more leaks as city workers repaired the initial damage, he said.

The most recent leak was off Front Street.