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How the city is coping with the Big Freeze's continuation

Mayor Paulette Guajardo
Posted at 1:01 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 14:17:09-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Access to the Harbor Bridge has been closed since Sunday and many are waiting for it to reopen.

Closures are continuing again.

U.S. Highway 181 was shut down, meaning that people in Portland who need to get to Corpus Christi won’t be able to get there.

Here's a live look at the Harbor Bridge this morning.

For obvious safety concerns no vehicles are being allowed to cross.

Mayor Paulette Guajardo said that the island has lost water for a second time due to loss of pressure. It is estimated it will be 16 to 20 hours before water service is expected to be returned there.

Retailers have told Guajardo that trucks are being deployed to the local area to bring water here. It will just be when they can arrive.

The mayor also said plans for a second shelter for those displaced by the cold weather is in the works. Arrangements will be made for Corpus Christi Police, Fire Department and the RTA to get people there who don't have transportation. More details about that shelter will be released later.

The weather and road conditions in the area are sloppy with slippery sidewalks. Crews are putting out salt and rock to make sure the road will be safer for you when you venture outside your homes.

We'll continue to monitor conditions in the area and will provide updates on air and online.

The city of Corpus Christi, along with several other Coastal Bend communities, remain under a water boil advisory this afternoon.

There is no update on a timeline from the city.

City crews are still looking for that water main break, focusing the search on remote areas in the southeast and northwest parts of the city.

A Coast Guard helicopter and jet are also assisting the search from the air.

A city press release said the island would lose water by mid-morning because of the reduced pressure caused by the water main break.

KRIS 6 has learned that water utilities officials will not be available for interviews today.

What we have not heard from the city are plans for bottled water distribution.