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Burst water pipe forces Waipahu businesses to close

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WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A busted fire hydrant pipe flooded several businesses at Waipahu Town Center over the weekend, forcing some of them to close their doors.

Volunteers at New Hope Leeward Church spent Sunday carting out stacks of soaked carpet. Meanwhile, those arriving to attend service were turned away.

"A couple people in the parking lot was telling us to turn around the church and some other businesses got flooded over here, and we had no idea," said Joshua Galios.

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials say a fire hydrant pipe had burst along Leolua Street, right behind the church building and flooded its playground and everything inside.

"All of the floor area in the sanctuary and ministry center was damaged and filled with water, as well as up the dry walls," said New Hope Oahu Executive Pastor John Tilton.

Handmade signs directed churchgoers to attend morning service at the New Hope Kapolei campus instead.

"It's sad when anything like this happens and it looks like a lot of damage," said churchgoer Shauna Cox.
The church wasn't the only one affected. Payless ShoeSource next door, Territorial Savings Bank and Sport Clips were also closed Sunday due to the flooding.

Loco Moco Drive Inn #4 remained open, but the owner says he was forced to throw away damaged boxes of food and drinks. Nearly 3 inches of water filled his restaurant.

A GNC employee says the same thing happened at their store, but they decided to stay open for business and brought in large fans to help dry the floors.

"I feel bad that they got flooded and I hope everything works out, they get everything situated and we can get back to normal again," said churchgoer Sebrena Galios. 

There is no estimated cost of damage. City officials say work to repair the broken pipe will begin this week. 

In the meantime, customers are encouraged to call businesses at the Waipahu Town Center ahead of time, to see if they'll be open.

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