Church Rededicated, Reopened After Hurricane Harvey Flooding

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January 20, 2019 - 12:28 pm
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A Port Arthur church has been rededicated and reopened after being damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports all traces of damage from the August 2017 storm have been erased at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The church now features new tile flooring, fresh white paint, new solid oak pews, and golden accents added to familiar fixtures.

NBC 5 reports attendees at Sunday's morning service frequently remarked how the chapel appears much lighter and brighter, a stark contrast from the much darker color scheme it originally had when it was built in 1970.

A local artist repainted the stations of the cross, and the children's chapel is now home to a vivid portrait of the infant Jesus, as well as an ADA-compliant restroom.

Father Kevin Badeaux, the pastor at St. Joseph, says the sanctuary took on over a foot of water, and every building was flooded when Harvey struck.

St. Joseph's is the final church in the Diocese of Beaumont to re-open post-Harvey.