Damage is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and the church is now in crisis mode, Rev. Arlen Bonnar told CBC News.
Water flowed down to the church’s basement and knocked out the furnace. The building is now without heat on what is proving to be one of the coldest days on record in Quebec.
With a wedding scheduled for Saturday and church service on Sunday, Rev. Bonnar said church personnel are scrambling to locate heaters in the hopes that both events can take place.
This is just the latest challenge for Rev. Bonnar and the St. James community. In March 2012, a fire almost destroyed the back part of the church, including a homeless drop-in centre.