With the water dried up after a large main break, and people desperately looking for answers, the city of Wichita Falls turned to the Code Red alert system for help.
Public Utilities Operations Manager Daniel Nix said, "Because of the large number of residents that would be affected, we did out together a code red message that did go out last night."
Newschannel 6 spoke with Emergency Preparedness Coordinator John Henderson on Wednesday. Henderson oversees the Code Red system for the city of Wichita Falls. He wasn't involved with last nights alert, but he was able to access the data from the system.
Here's a look at some of that data:
- Total call time: 12 minutes
- Total calls placed: 5329
- Total numbers called: 2934
- Active numbers: 2459
- Active numbers reached: 1866 (76% of Active)
Henderson said ideally they'd connect with 100% of people, but 3 years ago they wouldn't have reached as many as they did on Tuesday night. There are also ways to make sure you're set up correctly.
You can find information on both the Wichita County Code Red and the Wichita Falls Code Red systems on their web sites. There, you can also sign up and customize your alerts.