Water on Island temporarily cut

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The Laguna Madre Water District was considering cutting water service to South Padre Island as crews worked to repair a broken main line, the plant’s operator said early last night.

At about 8 p.m., the district was considering shutting off water to the entire Island by about midnight, Frank Marchan, the water plant’s operator in the Port Isabel area, said.

“It could be sooner,” Marchan said. “It could change.”

Marchan said water service was expected to be restored by about 2 a.m. today

At about 5 p.m., the district cut off water along a 1-mile stretch from South Point Marina to Isla Blanca Park, Marchan said.

Marchan said crews were working to repair the main water line that runs along the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge.

“We’re waiting for updates,” Nikki Soto, the Island’s spokeswoman, said at about 7:45 p.m.

At about 5:30 p.m., the Island posted a notice altering residents to prepare for water service to be cut off as early as about 6:30 p.m., Soto said.

“The water district will be shutting off water service to the entire city within the hour to make a major repair,” the notice stated.

“It will be restored ASAP!”