A water line broke near Comanche during some electrical line maintenance by Oncor yesterday afternoon and after the water tower lines were shutoff at 10:00 p.m. the city was without water until the early a.m. hours on Tuesday, August 20. The water line break was near FM 3381 and U.S. Hwy 377/67 East.

Many fire hydrates were turned on to flush out the water lines for safety concerns. Wright Avenue in Comanche turned into a river on the runoff beside the road.

Comanche ISD has been closed for Tuesday, August 20 for the full day.

A "Boil Water" Notice has been issued for Comanche. And people needing water can come to the Comanche EDC building on the north side of the square on Grand Avenue. Also several porta potty's have been set up near that location as well.

Update

8-23-19 12:00 PM

County Judge Stephanie Davis and City of Comanche Mayor Mary Boyd announced at noon Friday, August 23 that the water is safe for all purpose. Residents are welcome to still pick up water or ice downtown if needed, but please remember the water will be donated or given to other organizations or entities that could use it.

Update

From City of Comanche and Mayor Mary Boyd

Press Release

August 23, 2019

On Friday, August 23, 2019 the City Comanche received notice that the City water source is clear and citizens can return to normal water usage.

Thank you all for your patience during this crisis. To return to normal usage:

1.     Open your faucets and let them run for just a few minutes to clear your lines. You may observe sediment in the water from your taps. We are told the appearance of sediment is normal and is not cause for alarm. You may see City of Comanche water crews flushing lines around the City. This will be normal activities and may include flushing fire hydrants.

2.     You no longer are required to boil water prior to your consumption.

3.     Toilet use is back to normal. If you closed the valves to fill your toilets you may reopen those valves.

4.     Showers and the washing of laundry may go back to your normal schedule.

5.     You may resume the normal watering of your lawns.

6.     The City of Comanche pool will update their hours of operation soon.

Operation "Pay it Forward" is now in effect.

1.     The water that has been donated will be sent to those in need. There is already a plan in place and this plan is being implemented.

2.     The ice that was donated will follow the same plan as the water mentioned in number 1 above.

3.     The portable bathrooms will be picked up and removed from the square. The company responsible has been contacted and will be sending their trucks for removal of the bathrooms.

4.     The showers and laundry provided at the First Baptist Church will no longer be available.

If you have any additional questions please contact the front desk of the police department at 325.356.3074.

Again, thank you all for your patience and cooperation during this water crisis.

Comanche Mayor, Mary Boyd

Update

From From Comanche County Judge, Stephanie Davis

UPDATED INFORMATION 8-23-19 @ 11:15 A.M. PLEASE READ & SHARE

 THE CITY OF COMANCHE WATER HAS BEEN CLEARED***RESUME NORMAL WATER USE/CONSUMPTION/ACTIVITIES‼️‼️‼️

 Thank you all for your patience and compliance during this water crisis. In order to return to normal operations:

 *Please let your faucets run a few minutes to flush your lines—we are advised you may notice sediment in your water for a week or so. We are told this is completely normal at this time. Also, you might see City of Comanche officials opening fire hydrants and flushing water lines around town. Do not be alarmed.

 *You do NOT have to boil your City water for consumption.

 *You may flush your toilets in a normal manner.

 *Showers and laundry can go back to normal.

 *Resume watering your lawns.

 *City of Comanche Pool will be open 8/24/19 1-7pm, 8/25/19 1-6pm , 8/31/19 1-7pm, 9/1/19 1-6pm and 9/2/19 (Labor Day—Last day open!) 1-7pm

 OPERATION “PAY IT FORWARD”/“CLEAR THE SQUARE”:

 1. WATER—The water that has been donated to us for distribution will be forwarded on to those in need. A plan is already in place for this distribution.

 2. ICE—Again, we will “pay it forward.” A plan is already in place to distribute the remaining Ice to those in need.

 3. PORTABLE RESTROOM FACILITIES—they’re outta here! (As soon as they can be picked up!).

 4. SHOWERS—the FBC mobile shower unit will no longer be available.

 5. LAUNDRY—the FBC mobile laundry unit will no longer be available.

 If you have any further questions, please call 325-356-3074.

 Again, thank you all for your patience and compliance during this water crisis.

Update

LET’S START FLUSHING 8-22-19 @ 3:00 PM

From Comanche County Judge, Stephanie Davis

We have been advised we need to start moving City water through the infrastructure. We are asking you start flushing your toilets normally. You are no longer required to shut your valves off and use an outside water source to flush your toilets. You need to use City water to flush.

From Comanche County Emergency Coordinator, Tricia Grimshaw:

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!

THE CITY OF COMANCHE AND ALL AFFECTED BY THE WATER OUTAGE!!!

FLUSHING YOUR TOILET WITH CITY WATER IS HURTING OUR EFFORTS TO END THIS CRISIS.

WE HAVE HAD JUGS DONATED, THAT YOU CAN USE TO FILL UP YOUR TOILET TANKS IN ORDER TO FLUSH. TURN THE WATER VALVE OFF AT THE WALL.

PLEASE TURN OFF ALL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS NOT USING WELL WATER.

WE NEED THE LEAST AMOUNT OF WATER AS POSSIBLE, GOING THROUGH THE SYSTEM IN ORDER TO MEET OUR GOAL OF A FRIDAY RESTORATION OF THE WATER SUPPLY.

Below are  declarations from the City of Comanche and Comanche County.

CITIZENS USING CITY OF COMANCHE WATER PLEASE READ AND SHARE 8-21-19 @ 9:00 A.M. ‼️

 Please understand this is a serious situation and our main goal is your health/safety.  In order to achieve this we need to minimize the use of City of Comanche water so we can get our water system up to its ideal operating level.  We are at 33 ft. in our main water tower and we have to be at 45 ft. to ensure we can do the proper testing on the water based on state standards.  
 
We have a water tanker available at the square.  You can bring your own water vessels to fill.  We also have some cases of water available.  
 
We are asking all residents to please: 
 
1.  If you choose to use City water, continue boiling the City water that you drinking, cooking with, etc.  
 
2.  If you use the toilet, please cut your toilet’s valve off and use another water source to flush with. 
 
3.  Make showers quick.  We need to minimize prolonged water use.  
 
4.  Do not use any public water fountains.  
 
5.  Property owners who have a well source and are watering your yards—abide by the city ordinance requiring signage identifying your water source.  
Please know City and County administration has met with the Comanche ISD administration and the school is taking measures to assist with the water conservation effort.  
 
We appreciate your cooperation.  We want to avoid entering into water rationing.   
 
If you have any questions or need to report a water leak, please call 325-356-3074.

WHEREAS, the City of Comanche on the 19th day of August 2019, has suffered widespread and severe loss of property and water services resulting from a breach to the City's main water supply line.

WHEREAS, the Mayor of Comanche has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect further damage to property and infrastructure.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF COMANCHE:

That a local state of disaster is hereby declared for the City of Comanche, Texas pursuant to §418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.

Pursuant to §418.018(b) of the Texas Government Code, the state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven (7) days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the Comanche City Council.

Pursuant to §418.018(c) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the Interim City Secretary, Ms. Jacci Stewart.

Pursuant to §418.018(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the City of Comanche Emergency Management Plan.

That this proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance. Ordered August 19, 2019

DISASTER DECLARATION

WHEREAS, The County of Comanche, starting on August 19, 2019 and is still ongoing, has suffered risk to health and human services from a breach to the City of Comanche's main water supply line. This risk is to the citizens of Comanche County, as well as County Offices including the Courthouse, Annex and Jail.

WHEREAS, The Comanche County Jail has been evacuated and all inmates transferred to the Erath County Jail.

WHEREAS, the Judge of the County of Comanche has determined that extraordinary measures have been taken and must continue to alleviate the risk to health and human services of the residents of Comanche County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE JUDGE OF THE COUNTY OF COMANCHE:

1.     That a state of disaster is declared for the County of Comanche.

2.     That the County's Emergency Management Plan has been implemented.

3.     That this state of disaster shall continue for a period not more than the seven days of the date hereof, unless the same is continued by consent of the Commissioners' Court of the County of Comanche, Texas.

4.     That this proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.

Ordered August 20, 2019

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