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5/1/2017 11:46:00 AM
Windstorm takes toll on archdiocesan churches
Courtesy Archdiocese of PortlandA large tree collapsed against the leased school building at St. Stephen Parish in Portland during an April storm. While the tree didn’t appear to cause any damage, the school will undergo a structural inspection.
Courtesy Archdiocese of Portland
A large tree collapsed against the leased school building at St. Stephen Parish in Portland during an April storm. While the tree didn’t appear to cause any damage, the school will undergo a structural inspection.
Courtesy Andy SteinkampThe April 7 windstorm stripped siding off the historic St. Louis Church building near Gervais.
Courtesy Andy Steinkamp
The April 7 windstorm stripped siding off the historic St. Louis Church building near Gervais.
Crack! It’s usually the sound heard coming from a baseball bat in spring. However, it was a sound heard throughout much of Oregon during an intense windstorm in early April.

Branches came down, trees came down, electricity was out. This happened all over the archdiocese, and the archdiocesan churches and schools were not spared from harm.

When Andy Steinkamp pulled up to his parents’ house in St. Louis, he was there to check up on the home since his parents were out of town. Across the street was his parents’ parish, St. Louis. The historic building was missing siding around much of the top of the church. And a large pine tree down the road was toppled over. The sight of large downed trees and damaged building was common after the April 7 windstorm.

A large tree lining the road next to the leased school at St. Stephen Parish in Portland came crashing down on the old building. Luckily, no walls were penetrated. The tree simply landed on the top of the brick-and-mortar schoolhouse. The building is awaiting an inspection from a structural engineer.

St. Francis Parish in Sherwood reported water damage after several large branches fell on the school building. And St. Alexander in Cornelius reported losing some shingles from their old church building. A number of trees had severe damage at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus, as well. But none of the campus’ signature sequoias were harmed.





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