LDS temple suffers 'significant' damage as members help with Harvey recovery

LDS temple suffers 'significant' damage as members help with Harvey recovery (Photo: Courtesy LDS church)

(KUTV) The LDS church reported that after further assessments, its Houston Texas Temple has suffered "significant" flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.

On its information site, the church said the building's basement experienced water "a foot deep to waist deep."

The church said its baptistry room was "flooded to the top," while the main floor took on "several" inches of water that will require the replacement of carpet and furniture. Temples are sacred houses of God to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, different from neighborhood churches used for weekly services.

The church said its members are partnering with non-profit organizations to provide flood relief in Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Dallas and surrounding areas.

Members are volunteering to evacuate people and provide temporary shelter. At least three meetinghouses have been used to shelter evacuees while another building is in use as an operations center for boat rescues from flooded neighborhoods.

According to the church's web page, nine trucks with supplies from Salt Lake City have arrived or are on the way to the disaster area with water, hygiene kits, food, cleaning supplies, clothing, diapers and wipes. It said one additional truck will go to Houston.

The Red Cross, Convoy of Hope and Adventists Community Services in Houston are also getting assistance from the LDS church.

"The Church has provided funds, supplies and equipment and will work with its local ecclesiastical leaders to provide additional aid as needed," the web page said. "As Tropical Storm Harvey hits Louisiana, additional funds have been sent to the area in anticipation of possible flooding in region."

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