Oak tree crashes onto roof of Ava church


AVA, Mo — The Star Chapel Church was damaged Tuesday, and we caught up with the preachers’ daughter during cleanup.

It’s been a long day for Chrystal Johnson. She got started on the cleanup at her church at about 11 A.M. Wednesday. 

“Just lucky that the building is still standing, we’re glad we still have a church. There was a couple people that stopped by to see if they could help clean anything up,” says Johnson. 

Being the daughter of the preacher at Star Chapel, her family has been surverying the scene since storms swept through last night, which uprooted a tree onto the roof of the church.

“When we got down here we realized there was more than one tree down. There’s about 7 trees uprooted here around the church,” Johnson says. 

With her spirits about as high as they could be after a big oak went through the roof, she and her husband got started picking things up.

“There’s one pile of shingles I think we’ve got about 3 around here that we’ve picked up from all the way around the church,” Johnson explains. 

On the inside, they started gutting out the sagging ceiling. 

“Lots of nasty wet ceiling tiles that we threw out the back door here. We had a little pond in the floor in there. Pretty much everything back here has gotten wet and it’s still dripping,” Johnson says. 

Right now, they are doing what they can to pick up, but they are kind of playing the waiting game.

“We’re kind of just waiting for the insurance to come down and take a look at it so we can continue trying to clean up the mess,” says Johnson. 

Johnson says tonights service would not be held, but there are no plans to cancel Sundays service right now. 

“Our sanctuary was not harmed. Nothing that can’t be fixed, cleaned up, and life goes on.” 

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