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Westminster Presbyterian Church to Rebuild

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Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg took a hard hit from the tornado that hit on February 10. There's extensive roof damage, water damage, that's now causing mold and the second floor of the church is completely destroyed. That's not keeping the congregation down though; they plan to restore the church.

 

"Our structural engineers say it can be rebuilt. If we get enough money from our insurance company and our friends and supporters it will be rebuilt."

 

According to Pastor Steve Ramp the church has a disaster relief fund that's already reached more than a hundred thousand dollars.

Even though no official numbers on the amount of damage have been given, he predicts it will cost about two million dollars to repair.

 

"You have to look at teach, each item, the roof, what has to be demolished, the electrical system, lots of things that you can't know ahead of time."

 

In the sanctuary, the church pews were ruined by the rain as well as the carpet and the wind and trees busted out most of the windows. One thing that was salvaged was the church organ

 

"The organ pipes in the upper part of the church were not hurt and the rest of them we got out before they got wet."

 

Since the tornado the congregation has had services across the street at Parkway Heights Methodist Church. "It doesn't matter whether you're Methodist or Baptist or Presbyterian or Catholic or whatever none of that matters when the ox is in the ditch God's people come together."

 

Pastor Ramp says the rebuilding process should take about two years.

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