Storms tear off roof of Alabama church
A severe storm last week caused extensive damage to the Cornerstone Church of Christ building in Florence, Ala.
There were no injuries, but the church expects to be out of the building for at least a year, Cornerstone elder Charles Haddock said. The Christian Chronicle.
Severe storms and high winds swept through several states in the past week, including at least eight confirmed tornadoes in Alabama.
Cornerstone had canceled its Wednesday evening Bible study ahead of expected storms, so only three people were in the building – safely hidden in the basement – when it was hit by straight-line winds around 90 mph, Haddock said.
The winds completely tore off half of the roof, leaving the auditorium, gymnasium and kitchen open. Engineers were hired to determine the full extent of the damage, but the contractors’ initial estimates pegged repairs at a year or more, depending on the amount of building to be demolished.
Meanwhile, tarps are put up on the roof ahead of more storms expected this week.
Haddock said he had been encouraged by the support of other area churches and remained optimistic.
“This area is blessed with a lot of congregations within our fellowship, Haddock said. … People have just been great with the outpouring of offers and their love and support.
Last Sunday, the congregation met at its Teen Center, a separate building normally used for youth activities and a food and clothing ministry.
“We had a big worship service there yesterday,” Haddock said. “The building was full, and we just can’t wait to see what God has in store for us through it all. And whatever it is, we will try to serve it.
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