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CANTON (KYTX) - The Van Zandt County courthouse was closed Monday because of flooding caused by rain coupled with a broker water line.

County representatives said it's an issue that happens often and that there is only so much patch work they can do.

Monday afternoon it was still a bit of a mess in the front of the building, but county representatives said it's a lot better than it was when the flooding first happened over the weekend.

Fans and the mop up crew have gotten up most of the water.

"We had two or three inches of rain in here that went through all these offices," said county judge Rhita Koches.

The courthouse if prone to flooding so they make it a habit to keep things elevated off the ground.

Koches said, this time the flooding was worse than ever before.  

Pointed  in the elevator shaft she said, "There was a good four or five feet of water in there."

The clean up crew had already been moping up water because of rain, but the broken water line added to the issue sending water pouring through hold, mudding halls and further rotting away baseboards.

"I broke this off and we've got everywhere like baseboards like this...it's just water damage over and over again," said Van Zandt County Clerk Charlotte Bledsoe.

Bledsoe is also over elections and says it's the elections room that is most often at risk when it rains.

"That election room is gonna be flooded and where are we gonna move that election equipment to," Bledsoe said.

Judge Koches and Bledsoe said the courthouse is literally crumbling away right under them.

An area wall was crumbling away like chalk.

As it stand now, support behind buying a new space is off the table, but Koches is hoping that will change. At one time, there was an offer to buy an additional space across the street, but with little community support that offer fell through. As of right now there are no offers on the table.

 

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