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Houston LDS Temple surrounded by rising water

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UPDATE 8/29: Church officials also confirmed all missionaries in the area are safe.
 
‘We are praying for the people of Texas, and invite others to join us in those prayers. Anyone wishing to provide support for our efforts to aid to those in Texas is encouraged to make a donation to the Church’s Humanitarian Fund, which can be found here,” LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said.
 
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HOUSTON (ABC4 Utah) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Houston, Texas has flooded Monday. 
 
Rising floodwater due to Hurricane Harvey have breached the temple according to the temple president. 
 
“The creek became a river and the current is so strong that it’s been dangerous to even try and approach the temple,” said Marshall Hayes, president of the Houston Texas Temple. Nearby Cyprus Creek reportedly rose by more than 20 feet.
 
“It appears water to the depth of four or five inches has gone inside the temple.” said President Hayes. “That includes a baptistry, a marriage waiting room, dressing rooms, kitchen and laundry. We haven’t been able to go inside so we really don’t know the extent of the damage.”
 
The temple, located in the community of Klein, has been closed since Saturday morning as the wind and rain approached the Houston area.

The LDS Church began to prepare for the storm on Friday by sending water, hygiene and cleanup kits to a regional bishop’s storehouse near Houston. These supplies were offered to any who in need.
 
LDS Church officials have said though several missions have been affected, all missionaries are safe. 

 

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