Weather, Building, Outage Updates
UPDATE: Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 AM
The flood disaster that devastated large parts of our Midland community late last month also affected the lower level of the original St. John’s structure. Several inches of water, largely due to sanitary and storm sewer backup, covered the entire basement area. Fortunately, the 2001 addition was not affected. St. John’s engaged SERVPRO to perform the initial cleanup, which is Phase #1 of the recovery effort. No doubt you noticed the large dryer, air tubing and other equipment occupying our space over the last few weeks. We are now engaged with SERVPRO in Phase #2 of the cleanup, which is focused on determining what part of the basement contents can be cleaned and salvaged. Unfortunately, St. John’s Preschool suffered almost a total loss of their equipment, as their licensing arrangement does not allow re-introduction of materials touched by contaminated water.
As we write this, we are preparing for Phase #3, which is complete restoration of the basement area. St. John’s Building and Grounds group will be involved in this effort. We do not have complete cost information at this time. St. John’s Vestry and Finance Committee will be working together to determine possible payment methods. We will be sharing this and other update information with you as the project progresses.
Meanwhile, please keep all of those in the Midland area who were affected by the flood in your prayers.
Deb Blackhurst & Pat Roush, Co-Wardens
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 28 at 9:45 AM
The ServPro team has removed 90% of the wet carpet as well as the bottom portion of drywall sections in our church's lower level below sanctuary and Williams Hall. ServPro estimates that we will be able to safely assess the lower level and its contents this Friday, June 30. St. John's Wardens will be among those doing the walk-through.
UPDATE: Monday, June 26 at 2:45 PM
After the heavy rains fell last Thursday night into Friday morning, several inches of water covered a large portion of the lower level of St. John’s original structure. The areas impacted are the PreSchool, Elliott Chapel, Children’s & Youth Formation classrooms, wedding dressing room and lower level restrooms. St. John’s has contracted with ServPro for the initial phase of remediation, which is presently underway. During at least this initial phase (72 hours), when the moisture is being removed and air is being ‘scrubbed,’ no one should enter these spaces. If necessary to access these spaces, it is best to wait until phase one is complete and before any restoration work would begin.
While the musty smell from underneath the sanctuary and Williams Hall permeated those spaces over the weekend, we have been assured that the air treatment currently being conducted by ServPro is improving the upper level air quality as well. In fact, they have given us a greenlight to use the sanctuary and parish hall at this time. Our Wednesday, June 28, 2017 noon service is planned to take place as regularly scheduled in the chancel area.
The elevator, both stairwells, Choir Room, Youth Room and Activity Room were NOT impacted. There are zero restrictions on accessing these spaces or the office area.
We will update this webpage when we have significant information to share regarding progress on remediation efforts.
We will always indicate date & time for ongoing weather or other situational updates. We appreciate your patience.
St. John's Episcopal Church 405 N. Saginaw Road Midland, MI 48640
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