When it rains, it pours
Galveston's Tremont ends up under water, again
Sometimes it seems like Galveston's Tremont House can't catch a break.
As Swamplot notes, "Disaster is no stranger to Galveston’s historic Tremont House hotel. Opened in 1839, the original building was destroyed by fire in 1865, but rebuilt 7 years later. That second building was ravaged by the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and eventually torn down in 1928. The latest incarnation of the Tremont House, which opened in 1985 in a dry-goods building at 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row that had been built 106 years earlier, flooded extensively during Hurricane Ike."
The Tremont took another hit last Saturday—only seven months after reopening after Ike—but this time no natural disaster was to blame. According to Galveston police and the Galveston County Daily News, the Tremont was flooded when an intoxicated bar patron ripped a water pipe out of a wall. The water caused extensive damage to three rooms, the hotel kitchen and the employee cafeteria. Although hotel employees originally estimated damages at $100,000, the Tremont issued a statement that revised the estimate down to $25,000, with only two rooms out of service and the rest of the hotel operating as usual.
As for the unruly patron? He had to be carried out of the hotel and was charged with resisting arrest, though it's possible charges of felony criminal mischief and public intoxication could be added.