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‘We’re going to meet right here’

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Mt. Pleasant pastor says services will be held in flood-damaged church

By Ben Carlson

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church is without electricity and in the process of being gutted following Thursday’s devastating flash flood that left portions of the Puncheon Creek area in ruins.

But when 11 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 11) arrives, so will dozens of church members who are refusing to let the damage get in the way of their usual services.

“We’re going to meet right here,” said Pastor Bobby Chesser, standing in the sanctuary as dozens of church members and volunteers worked to remove carpeting and pews and dry the floors.

“We’re hoping to have a full house.”

Chesser said all are welcome for the service. The church is located on Highway 53 in western Anderson County. To get there from Lawrenceburg, take US 127 to the Bluegrass Parkway. Go east and take the first exit. Turn right, and the church is about a mile on the left.

Chesser’s office, as were most of the rooms in the church, sustained heavy damage when Puncheon Creek rose an estimated 8 to 9 feet late Wednesday night following what officials said was a 5-inch downpour in about an hour.

On Saturday, volunteers were busy tearing down damaged walls and removing destroyed items. All vowed that they will repair the church, which recently underwent an estimated $70,000 in renovations.

A fund has been established at both local Farmers Bank to accept donations to help repair the church, which has been in operation for nearly 170 years.

For more, see Wednesday’s edition of The Anderson News.