Church in path of Sabine River flooding

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - More rain could spell big problems for one East Texas church that's right in the path of the flooding Sabine River.  The Solid Rock Church is located on Highway 271 in Gladewater right at the Sabine River bridge.  The waters continue to swell out of the banks.

"Man, we've been here a year," said Pastor Wayne Allen.  "I had no idea that was going to happen.  We'd heard that it flooded before, but didn't think it was a possibility."  Like any small church, its on a budget.

"We're just hoping that water doesn't come all the way into the building," said Allen.  "Hopefully, we won't have to worry about any ruined pews, or any ruined sound equipment, or anything of that nature."  The building has been flooded in previous years.

"We were told before that it was possible that it could flood, but we bought it in hopes that God was going to make provisions for us to still be able to have an awesome church here," said Allen.  In another 24 hours county and private roads near the Sabine will be impassable.  The waterline of the river is about 200 yards away from the back door of the church.  The National Weather Service says that at 7:00 p.m., Sunday the river will crest at 33 to 34 feet.

The church already has a roof that leaks, and say they don't need anymore water.  The church's pastor says there's only one thing he and his congregation can do.

"We're going to trust God because this is a faith walk," said Allen.  The congregation of Solid Rock plans to hold services at the church Sunday.  If necessary they will start putting out sand-bags to block the water from reaching the church.

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