Sometime between the Sunday worship service and Tuesday morning, a faucet burst in a main floor bathroom and a deluge of hot water extensively damaged Little River Church, home of a food pantry that serves 70 to 120 area families monthly.

Flooding and its aftermath destroyed about 75 percent of the food ready for the next food distribution Feb. 15, and pantry managers are looking to replenish their stock — quickly.

No estimate of damage to the church building is available as yet, but a church member said that, other than soaked carpet, which has been removed, the sanctuary itself was spared.

On Thursday night, volunteers from four area churches converged on Little River Church to work with its members to begin the demolition process. Volunteers disposed of wet carpet, removed baseboards, and cut away soaked sheet rock in an effort to dry out and get ready to repair the damage from the flood.

Volunteers from the Maine Coast Regional Reentry Center were expected Friday afternoon to help with demolition after Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton saw the VillageSoup.com post on Facebook and called to offer assistance.

While church members, volunteers and professionals were cleaning up collapsed ceilings and drying out drenched walls, floors, carpeting and furniture, Debra and Curt Edgerly of Belfast, who manage the food pantry, were moving fast to salvage what they could. The next food distribution day is Feb. 15 (the third Thursday each month).

“We came in (Tuesday night) and there was standing water everywhere,” Debra said. “Water had filled the main floor of the church, then ran down the walls and flooded the lower level” where the food pantry was located. “Flooding upstairs caused the ceilings to come down in the downstairs hall, another room next to the pantry and part of the pantry,” she said.

Curt added that it appeared the entire congregation had turned out to help deal with the disaster. "When we arrived, we were astounded at how many people were there," he said.

Although they had distributed food to clients Jan. 18, the pantry was full.

“We had just gotten shipments from Good Shepherd and the federal government,” Debra said Wednesday in the midst of boxing up food. “We had worked fast and had it all ready to go for the next distribution.”

Most of the congregation, along with the Edgerlys and their five children, moved everything to tables in a dry area where they can determine food losses, which they estimate at 75 percent of their stock. Professionals from Servpro of Belfast-Camden-Rockland were called in Thursday morning, and an insurance adjuster arrived to photograph and assess damage from the flooding, including lost food.

Now, the Edgerlys are trying to arrange another Good Shepherd delivery and are seeking other sources to replenish their stocks before Feb. 15.

Debra said they would welcome donations of money and food: canned goods, including meats, soups, fruits and vegetables, as well as cereals, peanut butter, dried beans, pasta — anything nutritious that people can spare.

Checks can be made out to Little River Church with food pantry in the memo line and sent to the church at 259 Northport Ave., Belfast 04915. To donate food, telephone or text the Edgerlys at 636-0206 to arrange drop-off.

This story will be continue to be updated as details become available.