Lexington Church recovers from water main break

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – If you peek inside Rosemont Baptist Church on a Sunday morning, you’ll see smiling faces and hear the choir singing, all under the bright light of chandeliers .

“It’s a wonderful church family. I miss people when I’m not around,” said Jodi Ballard, a church member since 1986.

What you won’t see inside is that these chandeliers and everything else inside the church are powered by two big generators.

In July, a major water main break in the Rosemont Gardens and Lane Allen area caused damage to nearby homes and the Rosemont Baptist Church.

Rosemont Baptist Church property president Barbara West said the entire basement of the church was flooded. According to West, there were over 2.5 million gallons of water in the basement.

The water knocked out the electricity to the building, leaving the church without air conditioning in the summer months and now without heating.

Susan Burke has been an active member of the church since 1981. She says the basement was an important part of the church community.

“We did everything there. People used it for weddings and people used it for baby showers,” Burke said.

As they work to repair their basement, the members of the Rosemont Baptist Church don’t let the damage dampen their spirits.

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