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Iowa City Church Sustains Heavy Storm Damage

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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.

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