Burst Pipes Flood At Least 2 Oklahoma Worship Centers

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 10:03 pm
By: News 9

Jon Jordan, News 9

EDMOND, Oklahoma -- "Snowmageddon" left Oklahomans stranded on roadways, gave cabin fever to many and left buildings damaged across the state including at least two churches.

The worship center at Henderson Hills Baptist Church on Interstate 35 Frontage Road in Edmond was flooded Wednesday when a frozen pipe burst.

"At the highest point at what we could tell, the water was up to about three inches deep," said Jeff Wilson, Henderson Hills Baptist Church Pastor of Communications.

Crews are working to clean up the building for weekend services. The Edmond fire department also helped pump water out of the building, said the church's pastor.

Church officials said the problem started when a pipe that feeds the sprinkler system broke,  sending water flowing into the worship room and spraying throughout the hallway.

"All of this was underneath water, right here, three inches. This was literally just flowing out the door like a river and the fireman, they had a pump that was sucking out water. They had squeegees and both doors were open and water was being pushed out by hand," Wilson said.

Hall Holland is the media director in charge of the church's electronic equipment, a system that just went high definition only a few weeks ago. Fortunately, he said, almost all of the equipment was saved.

"No luck. God was good to us in his sovereignty. He somehow protected us from being worse than what it was," Holland said.

Church officials said they're planning on having all their weekend services as usual.

Members of Immanuel Baptist in Shawnee are also cleaning up after a church member said snow caved in part of the roof, setting off the sprinklers in the sanctuary. The church member said during cleanup, two pipes burst causing even more flooding.

See more videos of the flood and other videos from Henderson Hills Church.