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Rainstorm floods church in Cherry Hills Village

The pastor of Sanctuary Christian Fellowship spent his Saturday cleaning up the mess the storm left behind.

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — A church in Cherry Hills Village is still cleaning up this weekend after a record rainstorm in Denver. The water came in so fast that they needed to use sandbags to try and slow it down. 

Inches of water still came through the building. The floor on the bottom level needs to be replaced. Chip Anderson, the pastor of Sanctuary Christian Fellowship, spent his Saturday ripping up the carpet to begin the clean-up process. 

"We had to wait for it to stop, drain, and then we could get busy on it," said Anderson. 

The rooms that flooded mostly held classes for the kids. The church will still be able to hold services on Mother's Day. 

He found out about the mess from the groundskeeper and a church member. 

On Friday, Anderson said there was at least a foot of water around the building. It was even deeper in the park next to the church. Most of the water receded by Saturday afternoon but there was still a makeshift pond for neighborhood ducks to swim around. 

"You're shocked and it’s a little disbelief," he said. "It’s kind of funny — you just have to roll with it and take it for what it is."

It rained for nearly 48 hours straight in Denver. By the time the rain finally stopped on Friday morning, Denver picked up almost 4.5 inches of rain which made it the city's biggest rainstorm in recent memory.

He thinks repairing the damage will cost around $10,000. 

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