A Ford County landmark is in need of help.

The  Immaculate Heart of Mary church located in eastern Ford County has suffered damage over the weekend due to a clogged boiler.

"Water filled the boiler, the radiator and the pipes," said Susie Rueb, president of Windthorst Heritage, Inc., owners of the church. "When the water had no where else to go, the pipes burst and water went everywhere."

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church was built from 1911 to 1913 with the congregation starting in 1878. The church, located near Wright and Spearville, was closed in 1997 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

"We had 2 inches of water on the main floor," Rueb said. "The water was ankle deep in the basement.

"I was able to get a few local boys to help Friday night and we pumped 500 gallons of water out of the boiler."

ServiceMaster is on the site and working hard to get further moisture out of the church.

"We have removed the carpet and some of the ceiling," Rueb said. "However, it’s like humidity of 120 degrees inside the church right now.

"The old plaster is soaking up the moisture like crazy."

Rueb is seeking help for the church.

"We need volunteers to help with the work that needs to be done," she  said. "Of course, donations help too.

"According to my insurance agent, we’ve sustained more than half-a-million dollars in damage and it’s going to be at least 3 months before we’re back to normal."

Anyone wishing to donate time, services or funds can contact Rueb at 620-408-8457.


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