Churches, particularly those that are built in low-lying areas are also vulnerable to flooding. Apart from service cancellations, churches also face structural and property damages because of rising floodwaters and inundation.
Weather.com for instance shared pictures of churches that have been underwater due to storm and flooding. The photos are taken from churches across religions from around the world.
“Nothing reflects the culture and history of a town or country quite like the architecture of churches. But while many of these beautiful structures become cherished landmarks, many are abandoned and purposely drowned to make way for dams and reservoirs. Around the world, the towers and spires of abandoned churches—some dating back to the Middle Ages—can be seen peeking above the surface of intentionally flooded sites. In many cases, these crumbling, weather-beaten ruins are all that remain of the community they once served.”
Check out the photos here.
For instance, during the 2017 onslaught of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, churches in the area have closed down and cancelled services to avoid storm related accidents and at the same time to comply with government orders and precautions.
“It takes a lot to cancel church in the shiny Bible Belt stronghold of Houston, Texas, home to more megachurches than any city in America. Specifically, 9 trillion gallons of rain in a weekend. Hurricane Harvey shut down Sunday services from downtown to the sprawling suburbs, where churches replaced typical worship gatherings with sermon videos posted on Facebook or simply messages to stay safe.”
Read the whole report here.
Georgia-based WTVM.com meanwhile shared a news report on how churches in their area dealt with the flooding that took place in their community. In the report they mentioned that following the damage, the church held their succeeding services at a church next door in view of the generosity of that church.
“A local pastor not only suffered storm damage at her house, she also saw last week’s storms do damage to their place of worship. Pastor Angie Wright, of the Beloved Community Church, was in her home Thursday night when Mother Nature struck not once, but twice. Since then, Wright has been picking up the pieces both at home and at the church. The one thing she did not have to worry about though was finding a place to hold Sunday worship. When Pastor Brandon Harris heard that Beloved Community Church’s roof was literally lying in the streets, he didn’t waste any time offering up his own facility, Avondale United Methodist.”
Take a look at the rest of the story here.
Churches can indeed suffer from storm damage and flooding. And while some places of worship become default shelter homes for those who have been affected by weather disturbances, religious structures built in low lying areas also tend to suffer major storm damage.