The huge chunk of roof missing from CrossRoads Church shows the power of Tuesday’s windstorm.
But that might not even be the most incredible evidence.
A 1,500-kilogram heating and ventilation unit was wrenched off its base and moved close to a meter.
Kyle Reed, director of facility operations at the large church just west of the city off 32nd Street, said there about 200 people in the building when the roof was torn off the church’s gym.
Fortunately, no one was in the gym but all heard the noise when the roof let go.
“They knew something got ripped off. It was just a loud rip and it happened pretty quick,” said Reed on Friday. People could also see debris flying through the air as it passed skylight windows.
Almost 10,000 square feet of roofing was torn off or damaged. The church is now racing against time to get the hole waterproofed before there is any rain.
“The fact we did not get rain Tuesday night is pretty astounding,” he said. “We know God’s hand was on the building that day because if we got water that day there would be substantial damage.”
The church has insurance and has started the process to begin rebuilding.
Reed said there was an outpouring of help when word got out what had happened. Some of those pitching in are not even from the church.
“We’re well taken care of,” he said.