Repairs Underway After Pipes Burst At Carthage Church

Repairs Underway After Pipes Burst At Carthage Church

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A church in Carthage is trying to repair the damage done after the hot water pipes exploded one notably cold night at the end of December when church officials say the temperature dipped to 40 degrees below zero.

“The water just came shooting out across the nave. It showered over the top of the pews and all over the carpeting and worked its way through the flooring,” said Linda Del Solar, vestry member.

The pipes froze on the side of the church next to an alleyway. The water explosion soaked the pews and the rugs and destroyed a third of the ceiling tiles downstairs, leaving the little church with a lot to repair.

Church officials are hoping the insurance company will cover the cost of the damage, which is estimated at $20,000.

Del Solar says the insurance company has come to do an assessment and the church is working with the local Elks Club on some fundraisers. Additionally, about ten good Samaritans sent the church donations through the mail.

Repairs are underway and although Del Solar hopes the insurance will cover everything, repairing a church comes with some of its own special complications.

“It's not as just saying, 'Oh, come in and replace the sub-floor and the carpeting.' You have to move the pews when the carpeting is removed and then you have to move the pews again,” she said.

She added that it's not easy to find moving companies that will move religious items throughout the church.

“Anything of religious or artistic value a lot of companies are hesitant to move them because of their value, their intrinsic value,” said Del Solar.

The church is still holding services despite the internal damage and church officials hope it will be back to normal next month.
If you would like to make a donation, you can send a contribution to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 68, or 421 State Street, Carthage, New York, 13619.

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