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MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls public works crews tackled a waterline break at about 4 a.m. Jan. 4 in temperatures well below the freezing mark.

Public Works Director James Kennedy said a call came in during the early morning hours reporting the issue in the 700 block of U.S. 281 on the east side of the highway near the Broadway Street intersection.

“It was an old eight-inch, cast-iron line,” Kennedy said.

The crews responded quickly and were able to divert water services through the city’s loop system to avoid disruptions to residents.

The cause of the break has not been determined, Kennedy said. It could have been something as simple as the cold ground shifting, but, he said, they might never find out.

The crews worked in 22-degree temperatures to fix the line.

The city contacted the Texas Department of Transportation because of water flowing onto U.S. 281 and requested TxDOT crews sand the area to prevent icy conditions. The state agency shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 281 in the 700 block for a period of time but had opened the inside northbound lane by 8 a.m. The outside lane remained closed throughout most of the morning and just after noon.