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Church badly damaged in recent storms rushing to repair for Sunday services

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

An Independence, MO, church is rushing to repair its building after it was badly damaged during Sunday's storms.

The price tag to repair the roof of Full Gospel Assembly Church, near Sixth and Northern streets, is an estimated $125,000.

The damage happened Sunday about 7:30 p.m. High winds during a storm literally ripped the roof off the church, including the large steeple sitting atop the building. The roof ended up out in the street, where city crews blocked East Sixth Street, in front of the church.

Luckily, the church has insurance for repairs, and Rev. Doyle Ankrom said things could have ended a lot worse.

"It's amazing that no one was hurt because it was a matter of three to five minutes, and the parking lot would have been full last Sunday night. And there's no telling how many cars (could have been) damaged, plus someone on their way to their car. So we're extremely fortunate that people were not injured," Ankrom said.

Amazingly, there was little damage inside the church. It did suffer some water damage on a few parts of the ceiling and the pews directly below those spots.

Crews are already working to repair everything and expect it to be done in a few days.

Ankrom is planning for business as usual with services on Sunday.

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