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Wausau church faces frozen pipe problems

WAUSAU (WAOW) - One church in Wausau is still feeling the effects of the harsh winter.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is facing frozen sewer pipe issues.

John Rupple was one of about 200 church members affected by frozen pipes.

"It has been an inconvenience," said Rupple.

Last weekend, church leaders canceled services at the church. Some members went to meetings in Stevens Point or Antigo.

"I know many of us have larger families, so it's a struggle to haul three to six children to drive an extra 45 minutes," said Rupple.

One of the building's sewer lines is still frozen, leaving half of the restrooms and water fountains unusable.

Church leaders say contractors found that the building's older sewer line, which runs underneath the parking lot, doesn't angle properly for the waste to drain.

"We don't use the church every day here that water will sit into that dip into the line and it will eventually freeze," said Pat Pleshek, Wausau Stake President.

To prevent the pipes from freezing again, Pleshek says members are taking turns running hot water for about 30 minutes each day.

"We'll be able to maintain and ensure that that line is open and we won't have to run into the problem of closing the building," said Pleshek.

This Sunday services will be held, but only for one hour.

Leaders say the facilities will be repaired by Monday.

"It'll be nice to be able to just drive here instead of having to travel to go to church," said Rupple.

Members say they're just happy to worship in Wausau again.

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