The temple closed and had to be repaired due to flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in late August 2017. The temple was breached by a nearby river, which overflowed its banks August 26 and flooded the temple annex building, the temple basement and the main floor, with water rising to more than a foot. The second floor was not flooded or damaged.
Reflecting on the flooding, President Ballard said, “What we saw when we came here (August 2017) was a tribute to the people of Houston, the Church and other churches who volunteered so much of their time to help clean up this mess.”
Assisting President Ballard at the sacred service were Elder Larry Y. Wilson and Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Seventy and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of the Church.
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