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Water pipe bursts at Steamboat’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Downtown church has estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in damage

Matt McQueen dumps drywall into a Dumpster outside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday. A broken water pipe Monday morning damaged the basement and the children’s classroom.





Matt McQueen dumps drywall into a Dumpster outside St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Wednesday. A broken water pipe Monday morning damaged the basement and the children's classroom.
John F. Russell

— A broken water pipe at St. Paul's Episcopal Church won't halt Sunday services, but the children's Sunday school program will be suspended for at least a couple of weeks, the Rev. Scott Turner said Wednesday.

Steamboat Springs Fire Res­cue emergency responders were dispatched to a water flow alarm from a burst pipe at 4:54 a.m. Monday.

Curt Weiss, who is responsible for maintenance at the church, said a sprinkler system pipe froze and broke. He said the heat was turned down too low for the weekend's low temperatures.

"There was substantial water damage to the ceiling in the basement and to the basement and part of the kids classroom," Weiss said.

He said carpet, parts of the ceiling and some flooring would have to be replaced. The broken pipe in the main floor child-care room already has been fixed, Weiss said. He said it would take about 10 days for workers to complete the repairs.

Weiss estimated the cost of the repairs between $15,000 and $20,000.

Church parishioners were told Monday that the children's Sunday school program, which runs from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m., would be suspended for at least a couple of weeks, Turner said. He added that the room where Sunday child care is provided also was damaged but would be moved to accommodate children this weekend.

Turner, who has been out of town since before the pipe burst, said St. Paul's insurance would cover the cost of the damage, with the exception of its deductible. He wasn't sure what that amount was.

Some materials also were destroyed in the children's classroom in the basement.

"It's just stuff, things that can be fixed," Turner said. "I hope it doesn't have any significant financial impact on us. That's yet to be seen."

Turner said St. Paul's previously dealt with a burst pipe before he joined the church in May 2009. He said the church would look at ways to prevent it from happening in the future.