The outage was caused by flooding near a pump station located along the Neches River, officials said in a statement Thursday morning. The city — home to roughly 120,000 people in Southeast Texas — also lost its secondary water source at the Loeb Wells.
“Under these circumstances, the City of Beaumont anticipates it will lose water pressure throughout the city within the next three to four hours,” the city posted in a statement at 12:30 a.m., early Thursday morning.
The military is working to get clean drinking water to Beaumont residents, according to NPR.
“We will have to wait until the water levels from this historical flood recede before we can determine the extent of damage and make any needed repairs,” a statement posted Thursday by the city of Beaumont reads. “There is no way to determine how long this will take at this time.”
In a Facebook post, Beaumont Fire Rescue said that the city is working to restore the water supply “as soon as possible.” They recommended that residents shut down their water heating systems during the outage.
On Wednesday, the Louisiana National Guard flew into Beaumont and Port Arthur, roughly 30 miles away, with medical aid and supplies for the area hospitals.
View from the rescue boat today in Lumberton, Texas just north of Beaumont #HarveyHeroes #harvey2017 #HARVEYHELP @dallasnews @LumbertonFire pic.twitter.com/fleCDnOUXl— Naomi Martin (@NaomiMartin) August 31, 2017
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/31/beaumont-loses-water-supply-after-flooding-harvey/.
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