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In late 2013, catastrophic flooding wreaked havoc in Colorado, bringing nearly $2 billion in property damages and forcing more than 11,000 residents to scramble for high ground. With extensive rainfall—five consecutive days—thousands of miles of Colorado were severely damaged.
One of the areas that sustained a great deal of damage was Loveland, Colo., home to the Gateway Baptist Church. Under 2 feet of water and covered in mud, the church sustained nearly $90,000 in damages. That total, according to Pastor Jim Rice, would have easily doubled if it weren’t for donations the church received from the community.
To help with the renovations, Rinnai America Corporation donated an Ultra Series Condensing Tankless Water Heater and with assistance from the oldest plumbing and HVAC contractor in the area, Chambers Plumbing and Heating, the companies assisted in salvaging the church by restoring its hot-water system.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the assistance of numerous community members and organizations, including Rinnai,” said Rice. “To watch the community band together and pull off an amazing transformation in such a short time was refreshing. I can’t say enough about the outpouring of support we received. We’re thankful to Rinnai for the company’s generous gift.”
Gateway Baptist Church reopened its doors just prior to Thanksgiving—nine short weeks after the flood occurred.
“We were honored to help Pastor James Rice and the Gateway Baptist Church community reclaim their church,” said Takashi Sonoda, president of Rinnai America Corporation. “The condensing tankless water heater can help reduce the church’s monthly energy bill and offers members an endless supply of hot water to meet their needs.”
Read more about the Church’s rebuilding efforts.