Volunteers pitch in to help restore church after Shepherdsville floods

Volunteers pitch in to help restore church after Shepherdsville floods
Volunteers from all over the community are now helping restore the Mercy Hill Church, which was recently bought and was already being renovated to be the congregation's future home.

Shepherdsville, KY - (WAVE) - In downtown Shepherdsville, the floodwaters are receding and the streets are open.

Volunteers from all over the community are now helping restore the Mercy Hill Church, which was recently bought and was already being renovated to be the congregation's future home.

"We were probably 90 percent done when the flood came," Pastor Nathan Young said.

The building near the Salt River suffered major damage during last week's flooding. Two feet of water flooded the entire building.

Young said for five years the church has been meeting at Bullitt Central High School while repairing their permanent building.

"It's a fixer upper and a great location," Young said. "We knew it was in the flood plain which made it affordable."

Between the property and repairs the congregation has spent about $185,000. Young said new drywall was just installed before the flooding.

The extent of the damage was discovered on Monday. Almost immediately volunteers began offering their time to rebuild.

Community members pitched in to help tear out the soggy insulation and damaged drywall. Church leaders said they're overwhelmed by the amount of people who have come out to help.

"I have just been blown away by how God has mobilized his people," Young said.

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The water around the future church receded completely on Tuesday. Crews have been cleaning up the debris left behind.

"Here in the city we pretty much have everything other than our park back open," Public Works employee Joshua Edwards said.

Edwards said the Public Works department, along with EMA, is assessing the damage to see if Bullitt County qualifies for FEMA funds. Until then, he's thankful to see the county collaborating on cleanup.

"It gives you a lot of hope for humanity that people can come together, work together to try to help take care of a problem," Edwards said.

The sense of community in Shepherdsville confirmed Pastor Young's decision for the church.

"We love our community and although most of Shepherdsville is in a flood plain, we are not going anywhere," Young said.

The congregation has set a goal to complete renovations in a few weeks and celebrate Easter mass in their new church.

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