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Church damaged by water tower collapse re-opens

Pastor Tex Seph Pastor Tex Seph

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Eight days after a water silo collapsed, the North Shelby Water District still hasn't identified the cause, but the church it flooded has re-opened.

"We do know the tank obviously exploded, and that it took our buildings here, our utility building," Pastor Tex Seph of Waddy Baptist Church said. It also damaged classrooms, called the Byrd House, that inspectors say will have to come down.

But Pastor Seph says the repairs have well. "We've been able to get back into the church and have worship service and Sunday school this morning."

Given that 100,000 gallons of water rushed from the collapsed silo, neighbors of the church say they fell lucky more damage wasn't done.

According to published reports, North Shelby Water company had planned to drain a similar water tank last week, looking for answers. So far, managers have refused to return numerous phone calls.

For now, the ruptured water tower remains. Seph doesn't know if a new water tower will go in, but he wouldn't be against it, if it's necessary. "I know we're not the only ones that live here."

Seph says the congregation clearly didn't expect the tower collapse, but "we're not always expecting Christ to come back as well."

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