Tree falls onto McCracken County church during storms

HENDRON, KY — Sunday’s storms caused a large tree to topple onto a McCracken County church, puncturing its roof.

It happened at Lebanon United Methodist Church on At Massa Drive in Hendron.

Pastor John Smithmier, who leads both Lebanon United Methodist and Massac United Methodist, said he and his congregation were in the other church when the tree fell onto Lebanon United Methodist Church Sunday evening.

Smithmier then called the disaster relief team for the Purchase District of the United Methodist Church, and they arrived quickly to help with cleanup. They used chain saws to cut up and remove as much of the tree from the church as possible. Congregation members and neighbors pitched in as well.

“The community has always been supportive of us, so I think it’s a wonderful thing,” said Smithmier. “We got firemen that working up the street here. We got folks working here and volunteers all around, so I think it’s a wonderful place to live, a wonderful place to worship, and we’re thankful that people had come out to help us.”

Smithmier said people from Ballard County with heavy machinery will help remove the rest of the tree. While he believes the church is still structurally sound, he will know more once the tree is gone.

Sister churches are offering their buildings if needed, said Smithmier, who is thankful no one was hurt. He is also working to contact the insurance company.

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