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Storm rips roof off Pueblo Diocese

Pueblo storm damages Diocese
Posted at 10:39 PM, Jul 01, 2019

PUEBLO — Severe weather in Pueblo on Monday afternoon sent more than just wind and rain flying, it also ripped off some roofing at the Diocese at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The weather also flooded several different roads, which caused problems for many drivers.

Steve Martinez watched as many cars repeatedly tried to go through a dip in a nearby road which had flooded. He said he saw multiple cars pull over, one lose it's front bumper, and one get stuck in the mud. Martinez said the storm went on for a while. "Then the hail came down, then the rain, more and more rain," said Martinez.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the storm. However, firefighters were busy making water rescues for many vehicles, and helping those at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. "Took a large roof off of this building and scattered it about, and when it did it took out an HVAC system on the roof, had a gas leak," said Capt. Justin Hunter of the Pueblo Fire Department. Those with the church said they mainly use the building for faith formation classes and storage.

Justin Mondragon, a maintenance man for the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, walked News 5 through the flooded building right after the damage occurred. The water had crept down from the second floor and into the first floor. However, Mondragon said it's part of life in Pueblo. "But you know, Pueblo weather," said Mondragon.

Firefighters said to be safe while on the roads and to not drive through any high water, because there could be a hazard under it or it could be deeper than expected.