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Residents still cleaning up after water tower falls on part of Shelby County church

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Cleanup continues in Shelby County, after a water tower fell and damaged a church and post office this weekend. 

Now, work is underway to get the church reopened. 

When the tower fell, nearby residents say they knew something was wrong.

Officials say the tower was filled with 100,000 gallons of water.

"I was sitting in my living room and I heard it," said Tex Selph, pastor at Waddy Baptist Church. "It sounded very much like a small tornado. My daughter thought it was an earthquake."

"And I heard this loud, great big boom," Keno Turner said. "I mean, loudest noise I ever heard."

In a matter of seconds, there was quite a mess to clean up, especially at Waddy Baptist Church.

"Just washed away a utility building that we have on the tank side as well as probably damaged our youth building that we have over there," Selph said.

There was also three feet of water in the church basement.

The collapse also caused damage at the post office and to two other properties nearby.

"And when we came to the door, that's when everything - all the damage - was rushing this way," Turner said. "Of course, it went all the way down the drive."

The water and debris went into Turner's front yard.

"Everything that's on the ground does not belong to us," said Doretha Turner, Keno's wife. "It came from over there and blew this way."

Selph says church services were called off on Sunday. Once an engineer says it's safe, they'll be able to turn the electricity back on.

While he says they're thankful nobody was around when the tower fell on Saturday, neighbors still can't get over the destruction it left behind.

"If you didn't know what happened, you'd swear it was a tornado," Doretha Turner said.

We're told officials are still trying to figure out how the tower collapsed. 

Pastor Selph says they hope to have electricity turned back on and services up and running again at the church, by next Sunday. 

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