Busted Pipes

Corey Fossati, master plumber at City Plumbing Supply Victoria, shows two busted copper water lines on Feb. 19. “What happens is the water freezes in there and it expands,” he said. “Water expands whenever it freezes, and when it thaws out, it starts spraying.”

Water lines in Victoria’s public water system suffered five breaks and 16 leaks during last week’s historic winter storm, which caused more than half of the city to lose access to running water.

City manager Jesús Garza outlined initial information about the storm and its impact on the city and its water system at a city council meeting Tuesday. Victoria’s water system serves more than 66,000 people, according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. Questions, tips, or ideas? Please get in touch: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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