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First Baptist Church begins clean-up

July 11, 2005

Acree-- One south Georgia church is cleaning up after flood waters filled their sanctuary.

Church members and volunteers at First Baptist Church in Acree are working hard to dry pews, walls and the carpet. Water began creeping in early Monday morning peaking at more than six inches inside. Water peaked outside the church at twelve to eighteen inches.

Pastor Mark Sickling says it's been a long day and it's sure to be a long clean-up effort.

"Try to do a little more clean-up in the morning. Probably we'll need to take the pews out and rip up the carpet and that kind of thing and assess the true damage of the building," says Sickling.

Church members say the water began to recede around seven Monday evening. That's when they were able to open the church doors. When they did, they say it was like Niagara Falls as the water flowed out.

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