Nearly a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas, the disaster continues to find new ways to make life extremely difficult for those living in the heavily flooded areas.
The city of Beaumont, just north of Port Arthur, has run into an even bigger problem after the storm subsided. At around 4 a.m. Thursday morning, the fresh water stopped flowing to those still trapped in their homes.
According to city officials and CNN, they have lost both their primary and secondary water sources, and now there is nothing running Beaumont's water system at this time.
That means the entire city of around 118,000 people has been left without fresh, clean water. City officials say that the problem can't be fixed until the flood waters recede.
A press release from the city of Beaumont was shared by KFDM News:
Due to rising waters of the Neches River caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the City of Beaumont has lost service from the main pump station.
The pump station is located along the Neches River and draws water from the river as the main source of water for the City's water system. The City has also lost the secondary water source at the Loeb wells in Hardin County. At this time there is no water supply for the City water system.
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. There is no way to determine how long this will take at this time.
Under these circumstances, the City of Beaumont anticipates it will lose water pressure throughout the city within the next three to four hours.
While the water has not run out just yet, the pressure will be lost within hours. Those in Beaumont are advised to store up on supplies while they still have pressure.