“The Great Flood of 2014”

We got back from New Braunfels about 10:30AM on Saturday morning…..about 10:45AM Paul got a call from Joe, the custodian’s (at our church) husband. He asked if we wanted to “see a mess?” Joe told Paul that the sanctuary was flooded because the toilet in the women’s bathroom (next to the sanctuary) overflowed. Well, assuming Joe was exaggerating, we took off to the church.

Well….Joe was not exaggerating. The sanctuary was flooded, about 50% of it!! The women’s bathroom has three toilets (three stalls) in it, and a pipe became disconnected from the 2nd toilet (2nd stall) and shot HOT water ALL OVER the bathroom, flooding the hallway and the sanctuary (because the wall adjoins them). The pressure of the HOT water also blew a hole in the side of the wall in the 1st stall….there was water EVERYWHERE!!

Joe said he was up at the church on Friday afternoon and left about 4:30PM. So, sometime between 4:30PM on Friday and Saturday morning (around 10:00AM) the pipe disconnected and flooded the church!

the pipe

the pipe

the hole in the wall (in the OTHER stall)

the hole in the wall (in the OTHER stall)

Peggy had gone up to the church on Saturday morning to put some drinks in the fridge. While she was there, she walked into the office to do something. Well, as she was walking down the hall she could hear water running….if she had not thought to go into the office for something, we would never have known about the flood until Sunday morning (and that would’ve been AWFUL)!! So, praise Jesus, we found it on Saturday!!

flooded bathroom

flooded bathroom

carpet flooded

carpet in the sanctuary flooded

another angle

another angle

the carpet has already started "buckling"

the carpet has already started “buckling”

the pews all got wet, too

the pews all got wet, too

The basement flooded, too (AGAIN)!!!

basement flooded

basement flooded

ServPro came over (from Bryan) and sucked out all the water–and then set up about 25-30 fans and about 6 dehumidifiers all around the bathroom, hallway, sanctuary, and downstairs!

hallway

hallway

sanctuary

sanctuary

sanctuary

sanctuary

foyer

foyer

They will run the fans for 5 days straight and then reevaluate and see what the carpet looks like….they’ve already had to tear out part of the wall in the bathroom (and will probably have to do more as time passes).

We had church in the Fellowship Hall (and will probably have to do that again this coming Sunday)!

So….exciting times at FBC Giddings!

 

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