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Water tower collapse damages church, utility lines in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A water tower collapsed on Waddy Road damaging a church and surrounding buildings. 

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Shelby County Dispatch said a tower in the 3100 block of Waddy Road collapsed, but did not report any injuries. The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said 100,000 gallons of water spilled, damaging a nearby church.

"It sounded like, there was a tornado, I mean that's what it sounded like," Doretha Turner told WAVE 3 News. She lives right across the Waddy Baptist Church which was damaged.

"My daughter thought it was an earthquake," the church’s pastor, Tex Selph said.

The rumble was made by the water tower’s collapse.

"My husband of course, he was running this way, I was running that way, we was trying to see where each other was," Turner said.

The water weighed in at 400 tons. The force wiped out a shed. The church's youth center was also hit hard.  A post office was also damaged. The remains washed completely across the street.

"When we came to the door, we looked, and everything was everywhere," Turner recalled.

A cross in the church's front yard was surrounded by litter but remained untouched. About three feet of water did however seep into the church’s basement.

The congregation took the disaster in stride, glad no one was hurt. The pastor hopes service will be held there soon, though there's one biblical story he'll stay away from.

"Someone told me that if I preached on the flood, I'd be fired," Selph joked.

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