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Church badly damaged in weekend windstorm in and around Winnipeg

Damage to the Bridge Church in Headingley Tuesday, after weekend wind storm. Tamara Forlanski

HEADINGLEY – It will take days to repair the damage at Bridge Church from this weekend’s storm.

Two-thirds of the building’s roof was ripped off Sunday evening and the gas line was snapped. The roof hatch was also completely torn off.

“It was scary for the people here,” said Chris Smith, the lead pastor at the Bridge Church. There was a youth group inside at the time and they described the storm as feeling like an earthquake.

The church is in Headingley just off the Perimeter Highway west of Winnipeg.

Roofers were already at the church Tuesday morning. Smith says they are working fast to prevent any further damage.

“They were flabbergasted this was caused by wind,” Smith said.

Water has been seeping through the second floor ceiling.

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Damage to the Bridge Church in Headingley Tuesday, after weekend wind storm. Tamara Forlanski

Smith says right now there is no damage estimate but he believes it will be six figures.

The power to the church has been cut because of the ruptured gas line.

Weekend services likely won’t happen in the building.

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