MARLIN, Texas — Feb. 27 Update: The Marlin Water Plant has reported a 10" pipe burst. The plant is currently down, according to the city.
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Monday evening update: The Marlin Water Plant is now running and producing water. It is taking time because the pipes are very cold and it is a slow flow. They cannot go up on the flow which will make it a slow process but you should be getting pressure, Hon. Mayor Carolyn Lofton said.
Update: According to the City of Marlin the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working with personnel to address the issue. However, the compressor on hand is not working. City water personnel are still working to regain full operations. TxDOT said that compressor being on a trailer, it is unsafe to transport the compressor until daylight when they can assess road conditions.
The Marlin Municipal Water Plant lost full electrical power Sunday at about 6:30 a.m. The backup generator, which is tested monthly, kicked in but blew a belt around 7:30 a.m. The belt has now been replaced and the generator is operational, a press release from the City of Marlin said.
Oncor arrived at about 2:00 p.m. They were able to get the electricity restored. However, both compressor systems were knocked out by the storm and are inoperable, the press release said.
A certified electrician tried to make repairs but was unable to fix the problem.
The city did say that it has enough reserves to last until 9 a.m. Monday morning.
Falls County leadership extended Marlin the use of a compressor. Crews are now working to get that compressor operating. Another compressor was also found in Waco, but the City of Marlin is unable to get it due to the weather and road conditions, the press release said.
Marlin asks that customers conserve their water over the next few hours to stretch out the current supply.
TCEQ has been notified and they are working with the City regarding this emergency.
The City of Marlin has spoken with the Superintendent of Marlin Independent School District and the Junior High gymnasium has been made available as a warming center as needed. Please call Marlin PD if you are in need of assistance for warmth or shelter at 254-883-9255.