Demolition of the still standing east wall of the gym began Monday
morning. A huge wrecking machine grasped the top of the wall, and the
wall wobbled a bit. After a few attempts, the machine stopped and the
operator stepped out to talk with the crew. Apparently the entire wall
wanted to come down as one piece, instead of falling apart in pieces.
So it was decided that the wall would have to be strategically cut so as
to come down in pieces. As of day's end, the wall was down.
Today demolition continues. Debris from the wall will be hauled away.
Debris from inside the collapsed building can now be reached, but it
will be taken out piece by piece and stock piled in the north parking
lot in order to enable further examination by those still studying the
cause of the collapse.
Work inside the remaining facility continues as well. A crew began
yesterday chipping out the old grout in the sanctuary floor, preparing
for refinishing of that floor. Another crew began work preparing for
installation of a temporary wall, which will divide the entry way hall
in half, barring access and protecting the building from the standing
south wall of the gym. It is hoped that with this wall in place, and
with shoring up the gym wall as a precaution, the city will again grant
us use of the sanctuary for Sunday. We won't know about use of the
sanctuary until Friday. For now, including Weds evening worship, we
will be back in the old fellowship hall.
Plans are also going forward for restoration of the rest of the old part
of the building. Carpet has been ordered, and the old entry way,
pastor's study, church office, and sacristy should be put back to
pre-collapse condition soon.
[source: Pastor Anderson]