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County tackles a packed courthouse, no flushing toilets
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Portable toilets were brought in for the courthouse visitors who were there Tuesday because of rescheduled case hearings. The lack of water meant the toilets would not flush.
Portable toilets were brought in for the courthouse visitors who were there Tuesday because of rescheduled case hearings. The lack of water meant the toilets would not flush.
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An unfortunate set of circumstances Tuesday placed Bee County in a precarious situation with the lack of water in the city.

Robert Bridge, emergency management coordinator, said that district judges had court planned Tuesday morning.

With dozens of cases, some hearings involving both defendants and attorneys and others being civil suits, this would mean a lot of people in the courthouse for hours.

With no advance notice of the issue, court was not canceled. Many, including the county judge and Bridge, did not know about the problem until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

With little to no water flowing through the pipes, this would have placed those in the courthouse in what is best described as an uncomfortable situation.

John Contreras, who heads maintenance for the county, said that the county had only one solution—port-a-potties.

Contreras said that he went to Hebbronville Lone Star Rentals to bring in the emergency supplies.

“We went over there to rent them, and he said would donate them to the county,” Contreras said.

The decision also was made earlier Tuesday to allow some of the employees with the county to leave early.

Bridge said, “We are allowing each individual department head and elected official to make that determination.”

Throughout the city, some businesses, mainly restaurants, also closed because of the lack of water.
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