- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania courthouse is closed for the day as crews repair a water main break that knocked out the building’s air conditioning system.

The Luzerne County courthouse and jail in Wilkes-Barre were without water for about eight hours Tuesday after a 126-year-old pipe ruptured in nearby Kingston.

The Citizens’ Voice reports (https://bit.ly/1TRw1Zn) the outage forced Kingston to close its police headquarters.

Homes and businesses in Edwardsville and Luzerne have also been affected.

The county’s emergency management agency trucked water and portable toilets to the jail. Crews rerouted water to the facility by 10 a.m., Tuesday.

Operations chief Tanis Manseau says the century-old courthouse felt like an oven without air conditioning. Some court operations were continuing at another building.

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com

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