Long Line Forms Near Water Distribution Site in Houston

A line of cars waited outside a water distribution site in Houston, Texas, on February 21 as a boil water notice remained in place for the city.

Democrat Rep. Sylvia Garcia shared this footage showing Navigation Boulevard in Houston, close to a water distribution site.

“This line is going miles and miles for water. Water is in full shortage in Houston,” Garcia says as she records the video. “We’re still under a boil alert in the county, we’re still under a boil alert in the city, and there are no water in many grocery stores.”

The Houston Office of Emergency Management said Mayor Sylvester Turner and community partners would continue to distribute bottled water at specific locations, including Butler Stadium, as the water advisory remained in place. Credit: Rep. Sylvia Garcia via Storyful

Video Transcript

SYLVIA GARCIA: This line is going miles and miles for water. Water is in full shortage in Houston. We're still under a boil alert in the county. Were still under a boil in the city. And there are no water in many grocery stores.

People are praying for safe drinking water. And of course, for some cooking and bathing and washing, it's still a challenge. I'm reading that there's 15.1 million Texans with water issues this morning.

I know many of us, of course, are still boiling water. Some of us have gotten water back to be able to flush, but some of us are still waiting for hot water to bathe. So things are a challenge. We are trying to make sure we get as much help as possible.

I did a food distribution drive this morning at 10:00. Now I'm headed to this water distribution drive at 11 o'clock. I will be doing another one at 1:00.

We are working hard on the ground to make sure we can get to people, but, obviously, supply is still low. But again, this is a lot of cars, a lot of traffic, but the need is great. We need help. Thank you.