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June 13, 2014

Calvary Christian Academy hit hard by flood waters

CRESAPTOWN — Dan Thompson said Friday there will be church services as usual on Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Cresaptown. Don’t be surprised if the congregation shows up wearing muddy rubber boots and carrying brooms and buckets.

The worship area of the church is elevated, but the adjacent Calvary Christian Academy is not. In fact, the school building spans Warrior Run, which was the main channel for a flash flood Thursday about 7 p.m.

Thompson, the school administrator, said the damage from this flood was far greater than the inundation in 1996.

Thompson was at dinner with his wife Thursday when his phone starting ringing at about 6 p.m.

“When I got here there was a wall of water hitting the school,” Thompson said.

Early Friday, an inmate crew from Western Correctional Institution removed debris that had piled up along fencing and in a playground near the school.

Bil Valentine’s phone started ringing about that time as well, the Allegany County commissioner explained.

“A big problem is a 40-foot metal storage unit that floated down the run from the old fire hall and lodged against Stangel’s (Stangel Financial Services Inc.),” Valentine said. “SHA (State Highway Administration) wants us to get it out of there.”

Greg Stangel was in the building Friday morning. He said interior damage was minimal, but he was not sure about the foundation.

Traffic patterns have been altered in Cresaptown because of cleanup and repair.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

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