Thursday, October 1, 2015

Church temporarily closes due to structural issues, impending storm

From Rhode Island-

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church closed Wednesday, along with surrounding streets, due to fears that the church’s steeple could collapse.

Engineers warned Rev. Tim Rich of St. Luke’s that wind gusts stronger than 30 mph could bring down the structure.

“Two of our weight bearing steel beams had been compromised over decades and decades of water absorption,” said Rich.

The problem was discovered in August after the steeple was struck by lightning. At the time, structural engineers were brought in to inspect the building, and discovered the corroding beams.

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