Neighborhood streets flooded by water tower at 74th & Genoa - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Neighborhood streets flooded by water tower at 74th & Genoa

Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD
Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD
Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Neighborhood streets and parts of Frankford Avenue flooded on Wednesday night when an overflow valve at the water tower started expelling water at high pressure.

Residents say water began pouring out of the valve on the tower at 74th and Genoa around 8:30 p.m.

City employees told us it was caused by fluctuations in consumption, as more water has to flow to the tower at peak times in the evening. When the usage suddenly drops, the high flow continues to the tower and causes the outflow through this valve.

The water outflow subsided as of 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, officials with the City of Lubbock issued this statement:

Last night the water tower located at 74th Street and Genoa Avenue experienced an overflow which resulted in tower expelling water. The condition was a result of a malfunctioned pressure transmitter that reads the water level in the tank. This caused pumps in the system to overfill the tank. The water in the streets was a result of the designed overflow and not a leak in the tank. The pressure indicator has been repaired and the water was stopped last night shortly after staff noticed the tank was overflowing.

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