Church Damaged By Flooding

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  A community park dedicated to specialist Billy Evans who died in Iraq in 2005 was one of the places destroyed by flood waters.
A church in the Kingsley area on Route 11  was also heavily damaged.
Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill was there today as worshippers got their first look inside.

Members of the Calvary Baptist Church of Alford were finally able to get inside the basement of their building Thursday and the damage is much worse than they ever imagined.

Decorations, pews, chairs and more were covered in mud — but worst of all — a three-foot pile of dirt, rock and debris forced its way inside after smashing windows in.

That makes the clean up tough.

“I don’t even know. You just do one shovel at a time I guess. I don’t know. That’s all we can do you know?” Said Karen Molteni.

Just getting around the basement was a challenge.

“It’s just like walking in quicksand because of the mud and the water so it’s just going to be a Herculean effort really to get it cleaned up” added Pastor Steve Baker, Calvary Baptist Church of Alford.

The basement of the church is where congregants hold Sunday School and have meals after services.

“This Church has seen flooding before, most recently in 2004 but it was nothing like this”

“We have insurance but we don’t have flood insurance because this isn’t a flood plain so you can’t get it so we’ll see what happens” said Lisa Tompkins, church member,

The Calvary Baptist Church was damaged by heavy rain flooding down from a nearby road.

It has been in the Kingsley area 121 years and worshippers say it’s not going anywhere.

“You feel overwhelmed because there’s so much work but then people will show up and help you, even if it’s for an hour!” said Karen Molteni.

During the last flood at that church in 2004  members say it took them four months to bounce back.
Just like at this community park  people know the road to recovery will be a long one

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