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The USS Texas continued to take water Friday, but officials said the influx has decreased from about 850 gallons per minute to about 100 and repairs may begin as early as Monday. Ship manager Andy Smith said the ship will remain open to visitors this weekend, but will close Monday as repairs are set to begin. The ship likely will remain closed through next Friday. The 100-year-old battleship, which participated in both world wars, developed a leak last weekend that quickly flooded bilge areas beneath the engine room. Smith theorized the leak or leaks resulted from rusting of the hull. The Texas underwent major repairs in 1988, and in 2007, Texas voters approved a $25 million bond issue to dry-berth the ship. State and federal advocates for the battleship recently determined that the sum may not be sufficient for the project. Smith said Friday that salvage and dive teams will inspect the damaged hull on Saturday and devise a plan for repair. Dealing with the leak has been complicated by flooding of oil tanks inside the ship. About 6,500 gallons of oily water were removed from the lower engine room through the use of absorbent mats and skimming; an additional 50,000 gallons were pumped from tanks below the starboard engine. The last phase of the cleanup will entail degreasing and pressure washing those areas, Smith said. Beginning Monday, oil cleanup will be limited to daytime operations so as not to interfere with salvage and dive teams. The Texas, awarded the state in 1946 as the nation’s first memorial battleship, has been on display at the San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Site at La Porte since 1948. firstname.lastname@example.org .