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Leslie Co. church cleans up after flooding

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

All across Leslie County on Monday water rushed out of creek beds damaging roads and even sending mud into some homes.

One church was damaged so badly the congregation will have to meet in a different building temporarily while they repair the sanctuary.

Four days after flooding sent mud into the Davidson Fork Church of God, the pastor along with some members of the congregation are moving pews and ripping up carpet.

"It's a community church, and people just depend on it," said Pastor Charles Collins.

He says part of the floor is already starting to decay and rot so they will probably have to replace the entire sub-floor.

"For a little church, it's a lot of damage with little money to do anything with," said Collins.

And it's not just the inside of the church that needs to be repaired, part of the foundation of the church was washed away.

"We are going to work on it about everyday you'd say and get it back in order," said Shirley Collins.

It's important to her that this more than 40-year-old place of worship endure.

"It hurt me so bad because this is my dad's church, and we want to keep it going. We are going to keep it going," said Shirley Collins.

Over the next several weeks, they will continue to repair the small church and hold services in their fellowship hall.

Several other places in the county also saw flood damage.

Officials tell Mountain News, FEMA and other agencies have been touring the damage this week.

They are asking people to report any damage, no matter how small, to local officials.


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