One Gawd-Awful Mess

19 Sep

A little over a year ago, we had some storm damage at our church, and any really good thunder-boomer would cause a leak over the pulpit. After many conversations with Church Insurance, we finally got the money to replace the entire sanctuary roof, rather than just patching the leak.

Last week the roofing company came out, removed all of the old shingles, and started putting on the new ones. When The Squire went over the next morning to unlock the building, he discovered the crew had not covered the roof when they went home. And it had rained HARD the night before.

He could see daylight through the roof. Those two white stripes, one just behind the beam in the foreground, and the sort of double one – – between the second beam and the red wall are open spaces.

He could also see the reflection of the windows in the water that had pooled in the pews.

Fortunately – as these things go – most of the water came in toward the front of the church, and the roofers had covered the altar with plastic to protect it from bits of debris, so there was little damage to back of the sanctuary. The grand piano and the organ were spared, as was the robing room, but a number of pews were damaged and the parquet floor is curling and cupping, and the carpets were a sodden mess. OY!

As it happened the same company also does flood restoration, so they were able to clean up their own mess, and have promised to pay to have the wood floor and the pews redone.

One Response to “One Gawd-Awful Mess”

  1. Shay Simmons September 29, 2021 at 2:21 am #

    “When The Squire went over the next morning to unlock the building, he discovered the crew had not covered the roof when they went home.” Lowest bidder?

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