The line was 35 years old and was capped on both ends, but that didn't stop water from pouring out of it most of Thursday evening. It broke when a worker moved soil, city officials said. Crews were trying to fix a leak in the pipe when the pipe failed, KHOU reported.
The water break forced schools and businesses to close, as well as county-run buildings in the downtown area. Restaurants that did not have running water had to close immediately by order of the health department, both KHOU and KTRK reported.