Devastating: Texas City In Tropical Storm Harvey’s Path Has Entire Water System Shut Down

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Tropical Storm Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of water over the greater Houston area before bringing its devastation to Beaumont, Texas. Due to massive flooding caused by its record-breaking 26 inches of rain that poured into the Neches River, the city has completely lost both its primary and secondary water supplies as of Wednesday. Residents are desperate.

 

Tropical Storm Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of water over the greater Houston area before bringing its devastation to Beaumont, Texas. Due to massive flooding caused by its record-breaking 26 inches of rain that poured into the Neches River, the city has completely lost both its primary and secondary water supplies as of Wednesday. Residents are desperate.

Law And Order 

Until the water receded, the damaged pumps cannot be repaired. The city is calling the water outage ‘indefinite.’ Though residents were urged to fill up their bathtubs before predicted losses of water pressure on Thursday, this was not enough to satisfy the needs of all 100,000 residents. Their efforts to go out and buy water, however, were thwarted by police and city regulations. A local Speedy Stop store left cases of water outside the shop before shutting down, but locals were denied access to them.

“I’m not going to let people just take the water,” Officer Joe Marlboro told the Huffington Post. “I know we’re in a scary situation, but I had to tell them to stop. Several cars pulled off with water and that’s fine, but we can’t just let everyone load up what they want. We’re not going to arrest anyone, but at the end of the day we have to have order and we can’t let them take the water.”

A police officer, that gave his name as Joe Marlboro stands watch to try to keep people from taking water from outside the Speedy Stop gas station Thursday morning in Beaumont, TX.

Frustrated Residents

“We’re not trying to take advantage, but when the news tells you to get out of the city because they don’t know when the water will be fixed, what are people to do?” Norris asked. “I plan to pay the store for the water. I wasn’t just going to take it. We’re isolated here. We may not be able to get water anytime soon, so that’s the situation here.”

Sadly, the Speedy Stop manager said that due to health department regulations, he is not allowed to open the store unless there is running water in the bathroom. In other words, he needs running water in order to open his doors and sell bottled water to Beaumont residents who have no running water. Oh, the irony.

Beaumont will always be the mother land. I hope everybody out here is staying safe. #texas #beaumont #harvey

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The good news is that the rain has stopped. It will still take several days or even weeks to assess the damage and make the necessary repairs to the water pumps and restore service to the city. In the meantime, efforts will be made to truck water into the city as a temporary solution. Let us pray that the City of Beaumont and the rest of South Texas recovers soon.

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