LA PORTE (AP) – Leaks have been fixed on the retired Battleship Texas and the historic site reopens Saturday after nearly a week closed for repairs.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Friday announced divers finished patching the hull of the ship berthed at La Porte, east of Houston.READ MORE: Truck Loses Control, Slams Into Royse City Police Officer Michael Baley While Helping Stranded Motorist
Water has been pumped from the 103-year-old vessel, which was closed to visitors since Sunday.
Maintenance crews first noticed leaks. Divers located several holes about 15 feet below the waterline, on the starboard side. The Battleship Texas at one point was listing 8 degrees, but parks officials say it’s now back to its normal tilt of just under 2 degrees.READ MORE: Customs Officers Seize Narcotics At Texas-Mexico Border Worth $1.8M+ Hidden In Tires, Ice Chests
Periodic leaks have plagued the ship since 2010.
Visitors are welcome again on the Battleship Texas starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.MORE NEWS: Man Wanted In Dallas For Child Sexual Assault Charges, Jose Gerardo Ibarra Arrested At U.S.-Mexico Border
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