September 5, 2009
Stevendale Baptist Church was suddenly and devastatingly flooded on the weekend of August 13-14, 2016. The homes of more than eighty percent of Stevendale’s members, as well as its meeting place were significantly damaged. (All contents touching the ground were lost with the exception of the piano and some of the pews, though they were damaged.) Others lost cars and had close relatives who suffered loss in the flood. Those that did not flood are sharing their own dry homes for others to shelter.
Report #1: The Sanctuary Building.
The sanctuary had the least amount of water damage. The water line on the alter table is 22 inches. The sanctuary has a slope, so the foyer only had 4 inches. The interior offices, were flooded at 22 inches, our computers, phone and internet system, and many documents went under water. The pastor lost many of his books. All office furniture was destroyed.
Several of the pews are splitting and some have fallen apart.The piano did not get water in the case itself and still plays, though the legs and pedals were underwater. The organ did get water in the case and over the legs and pedals. We have not yet tried to turn it on. The Sanctuary air conditioner units did go under water and were damaged by the flood. One is no longer functioning.
We have received help: THANK YOU!
- The sanctuary carpet and office walls have been removed. (Thank you, volunteers of FBC Plaquemine, LA for helping us do that.)
- The stage has been disassembled. (Thank you, volunteers of Old River Baptist Church in Old River, Texas for helping us do that.)
- The building has been sprayed with mold treatment. (Thank you, volunteers of Westside Church of Omaha, Nebraska for helping us do that.)
- A new stage has been built and is nearly finished (Thank you, volunteers of FBC Haughton, LA for funding and building that for us. Thank you, volunteers of Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner, LA for related electrical work.)
- Dry wall has been installed in the rooms where our offices used to be (Thank you, volunteers of FBC Haughton, LA for helping us do that.), and we will convert these rooms to Sunday School Classes, as the other buildings with greater flood damage, will take longer to restore.
- Some office furniture has been donated by FBC Haughton, LA, and replacement computers are being provided by Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner, LA and Westside Church of Omaha, Nebraska.
There is still much restoration work to do in the Sanctuary Building.
- Floor Repair and Carpeting
- Organ Repair
- Seating Repair/Replacement
- Sound/Media Equipment Repair
- Electrical Work
- Door Replacement
- Sunday School Room Furnishing
If your church would like to help us in restoration, please call our church secretary, Betty Fontenot at our church office number #225-436-9366. Though the church office has been destroyed, we are re-routing calls to a cell phone, and she can certainly be of help.
Report #2: Nursery Building
Report #3: Administrative Building
Report #4: Education Building
Report #5: Fellowship Hall
Report #6: Additional Campus Buildings
Report #7: Updates on Needs of Church Families