Local church flooded for days after copper pipes stolen

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A church on Detroit's east side remains flooded after copper pipes were taken from the building's plumbing line.

According to church officials, it happened Monday night when thieves broke into Church of Christ and stole 30 feet of pipe.

7 Action News first told you about the problem Wednesday when water was gushing out of the church's foundation and into the hallways and the street ever since.

“I guess the water pressure has gotten so bad that the water has got to go some place.  So it’s going to the lowest point,” said trustee Clarence Murphy.

Murphy called the water department who came out Wednesday morning.

Since then, crews are having a difficult time trying to find the service valve to shut off water service.  The value is located deep in the ground.

Thursday afternoon,  department workers resorted to using blueprints of the building which was built in 1962 to track down the valve.
“They’re out here working that’s the most important thing… but they haven’t fixed the problem yet," said Murphy.

Murphy told 7 Action News crews were not able to shut off the service Thursday but they will return to the church Friday morning to try once again.

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