Flood Damaged Church Demolished in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was a bittersweet day for Paul Rigstad as he watched the Westminster Presbyterian Church being demolished.

"Part of me is in that church," said Rigstad.

Rigstad has been a member of the congregation since the church opened in 1961 and was emotional as the building was torn down.

"Got a lot of time and effort into it and we'll miss it but realize there's a purpose for this and something good will come of it," said Rigstad.

The church was sold to the city for demolition after nearly 5 feet of water filled the downstairs, rendering the building unusable.

"It would have taken way more than we could put into it or what the value would have been to repair that from the damage," said Rigstad.

For Patricia and Jerry Rouleau the church has been a family affair for the last 50 years.

"I just get sick about the whole thing..I mean, I just can't.." said Patricia Rouleau, a longtime church member.

They don't know what the future holds for their congregation as far as a new church goes, but they remain optimistic.

"Praying about it, hoping that God guides us in the right direction and it will all work out," said Jerry Rouleau.

An auction was held in April to salvage what little was left of the church.

Church members are renting space at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in the meantime but hope they have to place to call their own soon.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati