It’s been so long since drought-stricken Texans have seen rain, most of us have forgotten what it looks like --- and what the consequences of water falling from the sky can be. Workers in the Brazos County Courthouse got a rude reminder of what H2O does to unprotected structures when they arrived at work on Monday morning, says Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner. While the courthouse is being refurbished, half of his staff is working out of another building, and half is working on the third floor of the four-story courthouse, he says. On Monday morning when workers arrived in the courthouse after a heavy weekend thunderstorm, they found the carpet in their offices soaked. With a sigh, Turner notes construction workers “started working on the roof the only day it rained.” Upstairs on the fourth floor, the DA’s office had stored furniture, law books and closed case files, Turner says. “And so some of the furniture is ruined, some of the files are ruined and some of the law books are ruined,” Turner says. “There’s not really any legal consequences of this. Any of those files we can reconstruct. We’ve scanned a lot of those things, and some of those are just working copies of what we had,” Turner says, noting that active case files were not harmed. He says his office is still working on damage estimates but notes that workers will try to dry some of the damaged items instead of replacing them.
--- John Council