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Church flood makes holy mess

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Cold weather is the suspected culprit in a flood caused by a burst pipe at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church Monday.

The flood damaged the walls, ceiling and rugs, but the pastor of the church, the Rev. Cliff McMillan, characterized the damage as minor.

“A water pipe broke in the fire suppression system,” he said. “We’re insured.”



The Glenwood Springs Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, 1885 Blake Ave., at 12:03 p.m. Monday. Within minutes they shut off the main water valve to the fire suppression system.

McMillan was awaiting a cleanup crew to suck up the water and an insurance company representative to assess the damage.



The pipe burst in the church choir area above the main lobby. The inch-diameter pipe remained hanging from the broken ceiling in the upper southeast corner of the choir loft after the water was shut off.

“It’s a good thing it was confined to the southeast area of the building,” McMillan said.

He said the flood should not affect church services.

Below-zero temperatures chilled the region Sunday and Monday night. But the National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures to warm slightly today and lows are expected to be 10 degrees above zero.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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