Members of Norwood church damaged by historic flood come together to rebuild

Members of Norwood church damaged by historic flood come together to rebuild

NORWOOD, Mass. — Nearly four months after torrential rains flooded Norwood homes and buildings, members of a church damaged by the flooding are coming together to help rebuild.

Dozens of members of Heritage Baptist Church gathered Friday night for demolition and clean-up.

“The last couple days, we put out a call to our people seeing if people would come and volunteer to help us clean up debris, [demolishing] more walls and cleaning up our basement,” said Pastor Tom Krampert. “It is heartwarming to me to see so many people that would get done with a long eight- or 10 hour-day and then come over and invest another two or three hours to do what we’re doing tonight.”

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In the months since the Jun. 28 flood, friends, community members and complete strangers have donated more than $155,000 toward a goal of $300,000 to fully rebuild.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking, because we put so much into it right before the flood,” said Andrew Haye, one of the church leaders, who has been helping clean up each night. “We had remodeled one section of the building, and everything was beautiful. And we had a great morning service, and we come back, and it’s like, it was just devastating to see water pouring out of the building.”

Immediately after the flood, services were online only. But the church has since begun renting a space at the VFW in Foxborough.

Their goal is to be back worshipping in the church they love by Christmas.

“Hard work, determination, faithfulness,” said church member Mario Perone, “and we’ll see the fruit of our labor one day soon.”

“Our church really is like a family,” Krampert added. “It’s the way we operate, it’s the way we worship together, it’s the way we function together.”

To contribute to the church flood relief fund, donate here.

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