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Fort Worth Water Main Break Damages Church & Homes

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - A 16-inch water main break Wednesday morning caused damage to The Community of Hope Lutheran Church and four homes nearby. “We almost had a lake,” said Johnny Lewis, the Church Council President.

More than a dozen members of the church came out before sunrise to help. Lewis said that the daycare center will be closed for the remainder of the week, but church services will be held next Sunday. No one was injured.

Chester and Cynthia Johnson live nearby, and they said that the water was ankle-deep in their den. “We heard someone tapping on the window and we got up and looked and seen all the water rushing,” said Cynthia Johnson.

The Fort Worth Water Department is trying to determine the cause of the break. Spokeswoman Mary Gugliuzza said that it may have been weather-related. She said that all the rainfall in the last two days may caused the soil to shift. The pipe that broke is made of cast iron, and she estimates that it may have been installed in the 1970s or earlier. “Cast iron doesn’t like movement very much,” she said.

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