In July 2022, a record rainfall hit STL. Living in between 2 creeks, flooding was quite common during Duchesne's time. In 2022, the water rose to almost 3' in the buildings. The buildings have not taken on that much water in over 100 years. Follow here as we document the process of the restoration and the continued progress.
October 12, 2022
Update: Kay Bee Electric has started putting new wiring in the school house!
All the electric that was under water in July has been torn out and is now being replaced. This includes adding
outlets throughout the building to get to code and guests will have more access to plug in computers, chargers, etc.
The electricians were all over the building today including crawling under the building. After the school house is
complete, they will move to the convent. Then we can schedule plaster work and paint. We love progress.
September 15, 2022
We continue to dry out. One large piece to help us drying out is to get the HVAC back up and running. Thank you to B & B Heating & Cooling Inc for getting new mini-splits installed in the church. This will help get the humidity levels down so restoration can start. This very clever team installed the new equipment ABOVE the water line from the July flooding. It's the first step of many in our restoration. #hopefloats
August 8, 2022
Belfor Restoration has removed the damaged items, put items to restore in a safe place, and now we continue to wait for the drying to be completed. All trim work has been taken out to allow more exposure into the walls to help out with the drying. We now start the process of evaluating our inventory list of restoration and replacement items. We cannot thank Belfour enough with their round the clock work and everyone in the community that has dropped off donations for the Shrine and food for the workers.
The restoration crew continues to take out what cannot be restored. Other items like statues, artifacts, and other objects have been removed for safe-keeping and cleaning. It is important to keep these items in a stable low-humidity environment. The photo on the right is how the altar typically looks. The photo on the left is a photo that was snapped yesterday. Thank you Belfor Property Restoration for all your hard work.
August 2, 2022
July 30, 2022
We cannot thank Steve Gehner at Belfor Property Restoration for his round the clock efforts to get everything drying and getting all the demo started. we are so grateful for his all his hard work.
July 29, 2022
We wait. We are working on evaluating projects, making many, many lists, calling for estimates, and thanking everyone for their support while we wait. For repairs and restoration to start in the Shrine, we need the dehumidifiers and fans to do their work first. Once things are dry, we can start scheduling the work. Drying is estimated to be complete in 2 weeks. We will keep giving updates as we make progress. Thank you everyone for your support, what a week!
July 28, 2022
The electricity is still turned off until the wires that were submerged in water can be replaced. Thanks Kay Bee Electric for assessing the damage yesterday. Generators, fans, and dehumidifiers were delivered last night to get the buildings dried out. Once this is complete, the needed repairs will begin and we will all sleep better knowing the artifacts, artwork, and relics housed in the buildings are in a stable and dry environment. We are so happy to report that all of the exterior items (picnic tables, benches, and whisky barrels) that floated away have been recovered.
July 26, 2022
We were able to get into the buildings around 3pm today. About 3' of water got into the convent, shrine, and rectory. We had about 2' in the school house. Thank you for everyone that stopped by and offered help, especially City of Florissant. We have some damage, but our insurance has already been out. We are going to start scheduling appointments for repairs, clean-up and restoration starting this week. As always, thank you to our community and everyone pitching in. We were able to get the first layer of dirt out of the school house and off the buildings and parking lot.