As Hurricane Harvey descends on Texas and the estimate of those who will need disaster assistance reaches nearly half a million, Friends of Houston Texas South Stake posted updates about the Houston Texas Temple on their Facebook page, including this letter from the temple presidency:
REQUEST FOR PRAYERS - TEMPLE UPDATE.
"We know that all of our temple workers are very concerned about the storm and its effect on the temple and the citizens of this area. With the torrential rains, the Cypress Creek has risen about 20 feet and water is now at the level of the front fountain of the temple. The ancillary building has already taken on some water with this flood. As you are probably aware, the forecast is for more rain in the coming days.
Although we do not think that the temple itself is in any imminent danger, we feel that it would be appropriate to invite our temple family to unite our faith and prayers as we send a special petition to the Lord to stay the rain enough that the waters might start to subside.
Please know that our prayers are also with each of you and your families as we face these unprecedented weather conditions."
The Temple Presidency
— Cindi B. (@UtahMomsLife) August 28, 2017
— Joel Hilton (@786Joel) August 27, 2017
Hurricane Harvey is hitting just one year after deadly flooding in April 2016, during which the temple grounds were flooded but the temple remained unharmed: