When a call comes in to the city after hours on a leaking pipe, a crew is on standby and ready to serve the residents.
That's what happened Thursday when water was leaking and flooded about a three block radius in the downtown area.
Water superintendent Joe Saenz said they got the call about 11 that evening. He said they were called out to First Street between Almond and Adams streets. He said the first thing they do is inspect the area and call utilities such as gas company to mark any gas lines.
Once everything is ready, Alice water crew start digging to repair the line.
"There was a crack about five-feet long going through the bell," Saenz said. "You have to be careful because you have a lot of water volume."
Saenz said they closed about 15 water valves around the perimeter. No customers were left without water, but they did experience some low pressure.
The crew worked throughout the night to repair the 10-inch water line stretching about 10 feet. It was completed about 3:30 p.m. Friday.
About 200,000 to 250,000 gallons of water was released during the repair process.
Saenz said because of the weather changes, they have had about four water leaks in one month from Cameron to Wright Street.
"It's been cold in the mornings and then it warms up in the afternoon," he said.