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Crawfordville Church Damaged by Severe Weather

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Members from the Ivan Assembly of God Church are shocked to find part of their roof ripped off and the four walls of the home behind the church demolished.

"Somebody called me and told me the roof was off of my church, so I came over here and I cannot believe this, my gosh. I've never seen anything like this," said church member Donna Bassin with her hand over her heart.

It's the same church where the pastor's family took shelter during mother nature's fury.

"We went back and looked and the tornado was almost in our cemetery close to the church so we had just a few minutes to get inside the church before it came over," said Pastor Maness.

His 10-year-old daughter Chelsea looks over the yard where she used to play. She thinks about all her possessions that are now damaged.

"My playroom is. It has glass everywhere and it hit my turtle's tank."

Her turtle though survived and so did her 14-year-old brother, Nathan is still trying to play basketball in his soaking wet hoop.

"It's like the things you've seen on movies that looks like tornadoes. I never thought it would happen to me."

The pastor describes the frightening noise like the sound of a freight train. Although distraught, he's glad everyone is okay.

"We just thank the Lord that nobody's lives was lost in the midst of it. We do have a lot of damage, but it’s nothing to be compared to the hurricanes that have hit our area, so we feel blessed."

They’re blessed that they already have helping hands. Before dark, church members were already cleaning up the path of destruction left behind.


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