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FORD CITY, Pa. -- A church in western Pennsylvania might
need help from above for this one.
Ford City Council agreed to send the Second Baptist Church a $2
million water bill.
Council members did not reveal the total, but church trustee
Eugene Banks said a council member told him it was for more than $2
"I thought he was exaggerating," Banks said. "You got to be
kidding me, I said."
The bill is for water used when a line broke inside a vacant
building the church owns, but doesn't use. There was no heat in the
building because the gas company shut off service to change a meter
last summer and did not restart service, Banks said. When cold
weather came, the water pipes froze and burst.
"The water was running for a month," Banks said. "We didn't know."
Water department officials knew a lot of water was being lost, but
could not find the leak, councilman Homer Pendleton said.
Water rose to about six inches inside the building and poured out
the front door into the street, but went unnoticed because of snow
pushed there by snow plows, he said.
Banks called the church board to break the news.
"They didn't believe it," he said. "They said they'd believe it
when they saw the bill."
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