A decision was made yesterday to close down Lafayette Parish Courthouse, with no prior warning to people with court dates or court business.
The 6th and 7th floors of the courthouse are owned by Lafayette consolidated government and is currently under renovations.
Courthouse officials say that Tuesday while a sub-contractor was draining the sprinkler system, water leaked into the electrical system causing a shortage leaving the entire building without electricity.
Anyone looking to apply for a marriage license receive a birth certificate or passport were met with signs of closure but no reason or information as to when the courthouse will be back open. About 250 employees received the day off, costing the city 20-thousand-dollars in payroll salaries.
The building’s superintendent says that the problem has been fixed and the courthouse will be open for regular business hours tomorrow.