Water runoff threatens Stonewall Courthouse

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The Stonewall County Commissioners returned from the Columbus Day weekend on Tuesday to discuss options for addressing what could prove a serious problem, hoping to redirect future rain away from the already waterdamaged courthouse.

Much like the rest of Aspermont, Stonewall County, and the surrounding area, the county courthouse isn’t used to the kind of rainfall seen earlier in this season’s spring and summer months. Storms brought dozens of unexpected inches in an unusual amount of rainfall to the area, flooding numerous fields, causing damage to infrastructures, washing out roads, and soaking the ground for months to come.

Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead said water stopped draining away from the courthouse building and simply pools around on the courthouse lawn. As spring rain washed under the foundation, the unpredictable and sandy ground began to shift, causing significant cracks in the building’s exterior.

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