Church Closes Houston Texas Temple to Repair Floodwater Damage

  • 26 October 2017

The Houston Texas Temple, which is temporarily closed for renovations and repairs until the spring of 2018.

Article Highlights

  • The renovation project should be completed in the spring of 2018.
  • The temple will be rededicated in a private rededication session.

The First Presidency has announced a short-term closure of the Houston Texas Temple

The temple has not been in use since Hurricane Harvey dropped a record rainfall of 52 inches in Houston in late August. (See related story.) The ensuing rains breached the temple beginning 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.   

In a letter to Church leaders, the First Presidency states, “The Houston Texas Temple is now closed to complete necessary renovations and repairs.” The letter continues: “It is anticipated the renovation project will be completed in the spring of 2018. Following the completion of renovations, a simple rededication of the temple will be held.”

A “simple rededication” will include a private dedication session with no public open house or cultural celebration.

Plans to build the temple were announced September 30, 1997. Ground was broken on June 13, 1998, by President Gordon B. Hinckley. It was dedicated August 26, 2000. The temple is located in northwest Houston in the community of Klein. 

The Houston Texas Temple as floodwaters rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, August 28, 2017.

Using kayaks, Christine Haines, daughter of Albert Haines, a counselor in the Houston Texas Temple presidency, and a friend check on the flooding surrounding the temple on Monday, August 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Haines family.

Using kayaks, Christine Haines, daughter of Albert Haines, a counselor in the Houston Texas Temple presidency, and a friend check on the flooding surrounding the temple on Monday, August 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Haines family.