Flood damage at Madison church may top $1 million - CBS46 News

Flood damage at Madison church may top $1 million

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Damage at a well-known Madison church could top $1 million after Thursday's flash flooding.

The minister at Madison Church of Christ said the church is running on a generator as clean-up there continues.

"You know, at first, we were in a little bit of a shock," said senior minister Jason Shephard. "Then we kind of settled in and saw how our members were responding, and that's a little encouraging."

Shephard said the damage from rising flood waters is extensive with water as high as 5 feet in some areas.

He said the support has also been tremendous.

"We try to look at this like a glass half full," said Shephard. "We get a chance to do some renovation and have just been overwhelmed with love and support from our community."

There are 1,500 members who usually attend the church, located at the corner of Gallatin Pike and Highway 45, each Sunday.

Shephard said Metro's work on the drainage system may be to blame for the excess flooding. During Nashville's May 2010 flood, the church had only a few puddles.

On Sunday, the church met at its Hendersonville campus off Indian Lake Road.

Shephard said the church should be open in about a week, depending on whether electricity is restored to the building.

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