Water woes for Cleveland church hit by vandals

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CLEVELAND – A local church hit hard by vandals is now having even more problems because of the weather and issues they said they have had with the water department.

Steve Bloomfield, who helps take care of the property at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, said the church parsonage, which is now unoccupied, was broken into last week. Wednesday, he was walking near the home and heard water.

Once inside, he saw water gushing down the staircase.

He called to have the water shut off, but he said it took Cleveland Water Department officials more than 25 hours to turn the water off.

“There is now two feet of water in the basement,” Bloomfield said.

Water Department officials said they did go the home around 4 a.m. Thursday but could not get inside.  They blame miscommunication on the delay.

Late Thursday afternoon, water department workers shut off the water.

Church officials said they will now have a contractor go inside the home to find out if it can be repaired.