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Millington church rebuilding after 2011 floods

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Water destroyed the sanctuary at Harris Chapel in Millington during the floods of 2011. Water destroyed the sanctuary at Harris Chapel in Millington during the floods of 2011.
Members now meet in the dining hall of the church. Members now meet in the dining hall of the church.
This is what the church's sanctuary looked like after the flooding from last year. This is what the church's sanctuary looked like after the flooding from last year.
MILLINGTON, TENNESSEE -

(WMC-TV) - A year after being hit by one of the worst floods in Mid-south history, a Millington church is rebuilding.

Water destroyed the sanctuary at Harris Chapel, and since then worship services have been held in the dining hall.    

But changes are coming.

Members are meeting in the dining hall because flooding last year destroyed the church's sanctuary.

For weeks, water inside the sanctuary was several feet deep.

And 14 months later, Harris Chapel members are still dealing with damage from the flooding.

"All the way to the edge there that's the steps where you see that little apron there that's where the steps used to be," stated church Elder W.D. Burks.

Burks showed us the spot where their sanctuary used to sit.  You can't see it now because it had to be torn down.

"We couldn't go in there because if we went in there the mildew and you know all of the odors and things that it had," explained Burks.

This week the congregation began picking up the pieces.  While they continue to meet in the dining hall members have launched a building fund to build a new sanctuary.

"I know God's hand is in it," said Doris Harris, wife of Rev. Jimmy Harris.

Pastor Harris says church members have been making donations, holding bake sales and sponsoring other activities to raise money for a new sanctuary.

"So we have something to thank God for I don't feel bad I just praise God you know," Pastor Harris said.

Pastor Harris says his congregations is stepping out on faith and giving thanks that the damage was not worse.

Pastor Harris' home is next to the church and was also badly damaged by flooding.  If you would like to find out more about Harris Chapel or want to help with rebuilding, please call (901) 484-5969.

Members hope to break ground on a new sanctuary by the end of this year.

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