A damaged fire hydrant appears to be the cause of a city-wide water outage in Kountze that forced the noon closure of the Hardin County Courthouse today.
A hydrant at the intersection of Feagin and Dale Streets was reportedly damaged late Tuesday afternoon according to a post in the Kountze Police Department's Facebook page.
The courthouse closed on Wednesday following the water outage. The courthouse uses a chiller and had no air conditioning or running water due the outage.
The Hardin County jail brought in porta potties and water for the inmates.
City crews worked throughout the night to repair the issue according to a post on the Kountze Police Department's Facebook page.
The entire city is currently under a boil water notice until the system is back up and running again.