LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The storm that came barreling through most of East Texas last night left quite a bit of damage, especially in one Lufkin church.
This morning as members of the Lone Chapel CME Church in Lufkin began preparing for their 121st anniversary, they were greeted with some unwanted water.
Up to 5 inches of water came rolling into their church late last night.
Even after the water receded, the church was still left with up to 2 inches of water in their fellowship hall and administrative offices.
"Our classroom is flooded, and many supplies for classes have been destroyed. This is the men's restroom, and it's got about 2 inches of water in it." said Brenda Tankersley, the Lone Chapel treasurer. "There is nothing but standing water in our classroom in the fellowship hall."
Church members said the flooding is caused by the drainage ditch that sits right behind the church, and every time there are heavy rains, the ditch overflows into the church.
"Many times, it has gone into the fellowship hall and reached a maximum of maybe 12 inches, but you could float a sail boat in our fellowship hall," Tankersley said.
Church officials said they are in contact with the city to see what can be done to fix this problem.
In addition to the minor flooding at Lone Chapel, the rest of Lufkin and Angelina County experienced some downed trees, flooded creeks, and downed electricity poles.
As for power outages, only a few residents remain without power and they can expect to have their electricity back on by 6 p.m.