City blames drought for busted water pipe in Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The dry weather is considered a contributing factor in a water pipe burst in Lufkin Monday morning, according to a city official.

City Engineer Chuck Walker said a lack of moisture causes the ground to shift, which burst a two-inch cast-iron pipe on Cunningham Drive at 7:40 a.m.

Walker said a crew was at the scene at 7:50 a.m. and fixed the pipe within a couple hours.

"We had to get someone from Livingston to come in and locate it, then they were able to fix it pretty quick," Walker said.

Walker explained the specialist has to make sure there are no other lines, like electrical or telephone, in the area before they could dig it up and fix the problem.

A water fountain several feet high could be seen by passersby.

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