On Monday, July 8, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) suffered extensive flooding and water damage when Arlington County, Virginia experienced severe weather when a month’s worth of rain fell in approximately just one hour. The 100 year storm caused widespread flooding and significant damage in the Washington, DC area to public facilities, roads, businesses, and homes.
At UUCA, the storm’s heavy rain resulted in almost 70 percent of the church’s lower level being covered in one to two inches of standing water – causing significant water damage to the affected areas. The UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund was able to cover the initial work to address the water damage – costing nearly $45,000. Repairing, rebuilding, and refurbishing affected areas will cost significantly more. The flood damage is estimated to cost around $100,000-$125,000 and insurance will only cover a small percentage of that amount. Until repairs are completed, the church is unable to hold Religious Education classes or provide space to outside groups and community partners.
Thanks for whatever you can give to help your fellow congregation in need.