Vandals Flood Ravenswood Church With a Hose

A 125-year-old church in Ravenswood was flooded late last week

By Nicola Orichuia
|  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009  |  Updated 1:52 PM CDT
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Sometime over the weekend, vandals struck All Saints Episcopal church in Ravenswood.
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Sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, someone flooded the All Saints Episcopal Church in Ravenswood with four inches of water, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Investigators are looking into who caused the flooding at the church at 4550 N. Hermitage Ave., but the technique vandals used is clear: After breaking a stained glass window, they fed a garden hose into the church and left the water running.

The water was ankle-high when a worker at the church found the sanctuary floor flooded at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Bonnie Perry, the church’s rector, told the Chicago Tribune most of the water had seeped through the floorboards into the basement, and workers were called to come in today to evaluate the extent of the damage to the 125-year-old church.

The church had been the focus of one of the New York Times’ stories in its first Chicago-related section which appeared on Thursday. In the article, James Warren noted the stark contrast between the church's wealthy surrounding neighborhood where Rahm Emanuel owns a house and the poor who line up outside the church’s soup kitchen.

The flooding didn’t prevent churchgoers from attending the Sunday service.

“It takes more than a puddle of water,” Rector Perry told the Tribune.

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