WATCH: Members Hope to Reopen Countryside Community Church Damaged by Tornado in Pennsylvania

The tornado that tore through Lackawanna County on Tuesday has left a church with an uncertain future.

The church in Newton Township may have suffered enough damage that worshippers could have to move elsewhere while repairs are made.

Members of Countryside Community Church in Newton Township thought they had dodged a bullet.

“When I first pulled up, I saw that we had damage, but I was relieved to see what I thought was more superficial in nature,” said Keith Eckel.

But then they walked inside and saw damage in places that couldn’t be explained. ceiling tiles and lighting had fallen, there were cracks in the sanctuary walls, broken glass scattering the ground.

Members worried that Tuesday’s tornado had twisted the building’s structural integrity.

“Right now, we are having an evaluation done by our insurer and also a structural engineer to make certain that the building is safe to use,” Eckel said.

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SOURCE: WNEP 16, Stacy Lange

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