К сожалению, не все так безоблачно вмормонском мире.
То пожар, то потоп.
Mormon temple floods
by Sean Doogan
Friday, March 22, 2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- For the second time this week, the city's Mormon community faces disaster. Yesterday a fire destroyed a chapel; today the issue is too much water.
No brimstone or locusts so far, but members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints on Brayton Drive have suffered through fire and flood in the last two days.
Church leaders said shortly after 1 p.m. they got a low water pressure alert from an automated system in the temple building. When they arrived water was cascading out the front door.
Church officials said they believe a six-inch high-pressure water line burst in the basement. Firefighters have been helping pump thousands of gallons of water out of the building. In some areas the water is three to five feet deep.
The temple sits just a few hundred feet from the Mormon chapel almost completely destroyed by fire yesterday.
A two-day, one-two punch local church leaders say they will overcome.
"The fire is a totally separate issue, there's no relationship with the water main breaking. In due time, the chapel will be rebuilt, the temple, we'll mainly need to pump the water out," said Mike Novakovich, Alaska Mormon Temple president.
Anchorage Fire Department Fire Operations Battalion Chief Gary Bullock said there was water everywhere.
"There's water basically right up to the first floor, out the door and down the parking lot," Bullock said.
Church leaders said from what they can tell so far, water damage appears to be confined to the basement and entryway of temple.
Church services will be rescheduled to other chapels. This was the only Mormon temple in the entire state and church leaders said until further notice all temple services have been canceled.