Lubbock County Jail Flooded After Water Main Breaks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/11/08

Lubbock County Jail Flooded After Water Main Breaks

Between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday, a main water line broke under the Lubbock County Jail's foundation. The water line that broke flooded the first floor of the facility.

"We've got work crews... They've dug out the concrete. They're working on trying to find where exactly the break is," said Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez.

Gutierrez and his team are managing the situation.

"We've had to shut down water at the jail. We've brought in some port-o-potties. And the Red Cross has assisted us with emergency bottled water at this time," Sheriff Gutierrez said.

But what do you do with inmates in a jail that has no water? The city is assisting the jail with a small flow of water from the fire hydrants on the street but that's not enough.

"We've called area counties for additional beds for the possibility of moving," added the Sheriff.

The county is working with Hale, Terry and Dickens counties to take as many has 100 inmates from the jail until the main can be fixed and water restored.

"We do not know how long this will be with the water shut down. They're assessing that at this point in time," the Sheriff said.

Because of the security situation at the jail and the lack of water, visitation between the intimates and the outside world has been cut off until further notice.

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