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Cold weather blamed as burst pipe damages Waupun church

February 1, 2019 GMT

WAUPUN -- Edgewood Community Church, 201 Edgewood Drive, suffered water damage Thursday morning due to a water pipe freezing due to the -24 degree cold.

At 5:30 a.m., Darren Hedeen, the church’s technical director, came to work and heard an alarm.

“When I turned it off, I heard and saw water on the floor. I went to the janitor closet and saw a burst pipe raining down water like a waterfall,” he said.

Hedeen started making calls.

Executive pastor the Rev. Jamie Thompson put out a plea on Facebook for help cleaning up.

“Within hours there were at least 30 people here,” Hedeen said.


Hedeen said there was substantial damage to the ceiling tiles, dry walls and baseboards. In addition, carpeting had to be removed in three nursery areas, and three classrooms.

“Only the cafe and office areas were not affected,” said Administrative Assistant Jean Homan.

Senior Pastor the Rev. Roger Knowlton said, “In the providence of God, Darren Hedeen dropped by the church early morning to take care of another issue, and saw down the hallway water pouring from a pipe in a second floor utility room. We shudder to think what would’ve happened if he hadn’t come by.

“It wasn’t too long before an army of volunteers was at the church with squeegees and mops and wet vacs, not to mention a plumber and a number of staff members.

“At this point, it looks like we have some major damage, but church services will continue this weekend, and we thank God that it wasn’t worse,” he said.