PORTALES – No water means restaurants, car washes and even churches have to close, as Portales residents were reminded, again, on Sunday.
“We canceled our service because we’d have had no restrooms. We’d usually have coffee, too, and couldn’t, and had to unplug our ice machine,” said Delynn Epperson of First United Methodist Church in Portales. “People were disappointed, but if you look at the back story, instead of just ‘they couldn’t come to church,’ they couldn’t shower or do anything that involves water. If you went around town that morning everything was closed.’ ”
A Saturday night line break left the city with no water or low water pressure for more than 24 hours. Faucets began flowing again late Sunday, though citizens were advised to boil it before consuming for at least 48 more hours.
City Manager Sammy Standefer said the break occurred between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Commercial Street and North Avenue E.