Fr. Matthew O'Toole posted on July 02, 2015 10:12
We’ve all had enough rain, yet it keeps coming. The St. Margaret Church Hall was flooded twice in recent days. The torrential downpours on June 28 and July 1 sent water cascading down the 39th Street staircases and up through drain points. Professional crews are on hand to do the clean-up. Events in the hall, including Sunday donuts, are cancelled for the time being.
This is one of the issues with residing in an older urban neighborhood: the sewer systems are more than a century old and can’t keep up with the weather. The many days of rain have saturated the ground, and the water simply has nowhere to go.
It found a place in our church hall. Maybe as much as two inches flooded the space bringing with it mud and some sewage. The water even filled the area below the stage, requiring the front side to be opened up so it could be vacuumed and treated for mold prevention. Unnoticed by many parishioners are the two sub-surface channels that still contain old boiler pipes. These too were flooded. All the heavy square terrazzo lids had to be lifted for clean up there.
Perhaps most frustrating was the three days of clean-up was nearing completion when another deluge hit, requiring the process to start all over again. Many thanks go to Mike Diehl, our Physical Plant chair, and Mike Brake, who oversees the church’s needs. They have spent their time in the hall at all hours managing the recovery work. While insurance will help meet the expenses of the repairs, these events remind us of the necessity by all parishioners to help steward our property. Remember – your contributions keep our church running… and dry!