HOUSTON – A large part of Houston and surrounding areas are under a 24-hour boil water notice after a massive water main break in east Houston flooded streets and surrounding neighborhoods Thursday afternoon.
That boil water notice prompted Houstonians to rush to stores to stock up on bottled water. Stores across Houston are now working to keep up with the demand as many of them are selling out quickly.
Frustrated shoppers were greeted by bare shelves and empty pallets at several grocery stores in the affected area.
According to Chirag Patel, he refilled several empty jugs he found around his house.
"I'll probably try to go somewhere else to see if there's something available," said Patel. "I didn't expect it to be cleared out the way it was here."
Some customers, like Rochelle Abrams, splurged on what was left: the expensive brands.
"It as not cheap," Abrams said. "But it tastes good!"