Water Main Breaks Again as State Broils
On the 20th straight day of 100-degree heat, a major water main broke for the second time in Fort Worth, leaving thousands of homes with only a trickle of water. It was the same main that broke two days earlier in the middle of a heat wave blamed for at least 93 deaths in Texas. The heat also is responsible for the loss of $1.5 billion in crops and for more than 6,700 wildfires. Nationwide, the heat has caused 141 deaths. There was no relief in sight, as highs of 103 to 106 degrees are expected through Wednesday. Water was turned off in downtown Fort Worth after the pipe rupture, and city officials ordered the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Convention Center closed, along with several high-rise buildings that house restaurants.