HOUSTON (June 25, 2012)--The 100-year-old Battleship Texas museum is closed indefinitely after new leaks flooded the vessel, which saw action in World Wars I and II.
Ship manager Andy Smith said Monday nearly 2,000 gallons of water per minute were flowing into the ship from leaks on the port and starboard sides of the vessel.
He said the museum will be closed for at least the rest of this week.
A marine salvage company was hired to fix the leaks.
The battleship first closed earlier this month when a leak sprang in areas of the ship that still had oil from when the USS Texas was in active service.
Before repairing the leak, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the ship's caretaker, removed the oil.
The museum reopened Saturday, but the new leaks developed almost immediately afterward.