ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Damage reports across the Shoals started filtering in after strong winds and heavy rains swept through in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning.
One of the areas hardest hit in Lauderdale County was in the town of Rogersville.
Strategically placed buckets and trash cans dot the sanctuary of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Rogersville.
The congregation was alerted to a problem at the church by a member on his way to work.
“Raining so hard that he pulled over into the church parking lot, and he got to looking around and a tree was gone and the steeple was gone,” explained Church Elder James Godsey.
The two ton steeple that used to sit atop the church came to rest in the churches Prayer Garden.
James Godsey couldn’t believe his eyes when he pulled up Wednesday morning to see all the damage that was created.
“When the steeple went off the church it tumbled and it knocked holes all through the roof, about six big holes in the roof,” said Godsey. “Water was just gushing inside when I got here.”
Parishioners spent all of Wednesday removing items from the sanctuary in case the ceiling collapses.
Godsey says church members will not be deterred though; they are already planning services for Sunday in the churches family life center.
“It won’t set us back to much. There will be a lot of clean-up, a lot of repair, but we will pick up and go on.”
They’ll just have to do so without the steeple that’s been with the church since 1984.
Church elders say they had just refurbished the steeple and replaced the roof three years ago.
A few trees and signs around Rogersville were also damaged by Wednesday morning’s storms.