Iowa City Church Sustains Heavy Storm Damage

By Ashley Hinson, Anchor/Reporter

Tools

By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY - An Iowa City church sustained major damage during this holy week leading up to Easter. Good Friday, a time which would normally be spent in worship to celebrate the time of Lent, will instead be devoted to assessing damage to their building and beginning the clean-up process.

Saint Patrick's Church on 228 East Court Street is quite possibly one of the most visually demonstrative examples of the damage in downtown Iowa City. The roof, right above what appears to be the sanctuary, was mostly torn off.

Members of the congregation were in worship Thursday night when their prayers were interrupted by the storm.

Storm survivor Dianne McCoy said, “We had just got done with Holy Thursday mass and some of us were staying around to pray rosary after mass. And we heard sirens going off and went to the basement of the rectory next door, and we got there in time."

The rectory appears to have very little external damage, with the church taking the brunt of it. National Guard members are standing watch over the church for now, but it looks like Easter Sunday’s services will be interrupted by all of the damage sustained from the storm.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG