Local church severely damaged by wind storm in Millersburg

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Local businesses are reeling from the effects of Sunday night’s storm and Millersburg was one of the worst spots affected by the wind damage. 

“We get microbursts every now and then, Halifax had some a couple years ago, but this is highly unusual,” said lifetime resident Jeff Wilhelm.

One of the worst spots in Millersburg, affected by the storm was Hebron United Methodist Church.

“A neighbor said, ‘hey your church roof is in the street,'” said Pastor Rick Anderson, Hebron United Methodist Church. 

The back roof of the church flipped up onto the front part of the church, several windows are broken, and the steeple will need to be replaced.

“The church is not the building. The building is where we meet, so everything that’s really important about us is still here,” said Pastor Anderson.

Fortunately no one was hurt, and there was little damage to the sanctuary area, but the church’s pastor says it will be at least several weeks before the space can be used again.

“Literally every church in town has called me. The pastors are all my friends. They’ve invited us to come worship in their buildings, some time when they’re not,” said Pastor Anderson.

Right down the street, the warehouse, Ark Safety, was also badly damaged. Video from the company shows just how bad things got. The majority of the warehouse roof is off. Employees came in overnight to relocate their inventory, and now, the company is back to normal operations as insurance agents assess the damage.

In spite of all this, a worker with Ark Safety, gave Pastor Anderson several pizzas that were delivered to them.

“This is sort of stereotypical small town America,” said Pastor Anderson.

He says church services will be at the same time this Sunday, but they’ll happen at the New Life Center on Center Street. 

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