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Weather again impacting life across Coastal Bend

Water break at Blanche Moore Elementary School
Posted at 6:30 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 07:30:12-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Some roads across the area have been closed again, as have been many schools because of the weather conditions.

At Blanche Moore Elementary School, there’s a massive water leak going on making a huge puddle. It has been broken at least since 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

And we’re learning this morning that some roads have been closed again and many schools are closed as well.

AEP Texas sent out a release last night saying Ercot has directed it and other utility companies to reduce additional load on the electrical grid again and to prepare for more power outages.

AEP says it is waiting on the go-ahead from Ercot, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, to begin full restoration.

And now, a major water main break has led to a water boil.

Crews are continuing to pinpoint the exact location of that major water main break this morning.

City Manager Peter Zanoni says they're looking at pipes underwater - possibly in Oso Bay and the Laguna Madre area.

Zanoni says the city will set up bottled water distribution points across the city and anyone can come out and get free water.

The city is partnering with the American Red Cross to get water to people who are homebound. Expect those locations to be announced later today.

The city also says it has no plans to shut off water or gas.

And CCISD’s superintendent says there will be no school today or Thursday.

Athletic games and practices are canceled and employees don't need to show up unless instructed differently by a supervisor.

Schools in Gregory-Portland, Kingsville and Banquete are also closed.

We're also learning the Texas Department of Transportation is again closing many roads this morning.

TX-DOT is shutting down U.S. 181 to Portland, the Joe Fulton Corridor, State Highway 286 and South Padre Island Drive.

The Harbor Bridge remains closed as well.

TX-DOT says it has crews monitoring and treating the roads, and urges drivers to stay off the roads if possible.