Water main break causes facility closings throughout Houston

City of Houston businesses and offices have been affected by the loss of water pressure. (Courtesy Fotolia)
City of Houston businesses and offices have been affected by the loss of water pressure. (Courtesy Fotolia)

City of Houston businesses and offices have been affected by the loss of water pressure. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Businesses, schools and government offices are reporting closings after a massive water main break caused water supply issues throughout much of the city. Here's a list of closures.

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center released non-essential staff as of 3:30 p.m. Appointments for patients have been postponed.

  • Houston Independent School district canceled all classes for Friday, Feb. 28. It previously canceled after-school activities on Thursday.

  • The Houston Health Department has ordered all restaurants that do not have running water and flushing toilets to close. Public health workers are being dispatched to affected areas.

  • The University of St. Thomas canceled all classes around 2:30 p.m.

  • The University of Houston canceled all classes and campus operations around 3 p.m.

  • Harris County has closed four voting locations: Houston Community College Southeast, Young Neighborhood Library, Harris County Law Library and Texas Southern University

  • The Houston Municipal Court System closed as of 2 p.m. and will reopen at 8 a.m. Feb. 28.

  • The Houston Zoo

  • UHCL at the Texas Medical Center

  • Texas Southern University

  • UH-Downtown main campus

  • Harris Health has closed nine clinic locations

  • The Texas Medical Center Library

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • All Harris County buildings located downtown

  • Houston Community College campuses: HCC Coleman College, HCC West Loop Campus, HCC Felix Fraga Academic Campus, HCC Central Campus

  • The Montrose Center

  • Rice University has closed all facilities west of Alumni Drive and all classes are canceled after 5 p.m. and are expected to resume Friday morning.

  • While not closed, Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative reports that water is not available for laboratory activities.


Area restaurants reporting closures:


  • El Tiempo (Richmond)

  • Good Dog Hot Dog (Montrose)

  • El Mexicana (Montrose)

  • Rice Village reports some retailers and restaurants may be affected

  • Sticky's Chicken





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Additional information about the incident is being provided by Houston's Emergency Operations Center.
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By Matt Dulin

Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.
By Emma Whalen

Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.


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