Some significant damage did occur at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, which is down the street from the Cannon building at C and 2nd streets SE and has been there since the 1890s. A large cross that sat across the façade of the building split in half and fell to the ground, Rev. William Byrne said.
“Part of it crashed on the steps. The other part fell backwards and put a gaping hole in the roof,” he said. “Someone would have been killed if they had been underneath it.”
The cross knocked chunks of stone off of the church’s exterior and two chimneys atop the building were seriously damages as well.
The hole in the roof comes at a bad time, Byrne noted, as the East Coast is expecting to be hit by Hurricane Irene this weekend.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.