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ONE YEAR LATER: Muscatine church recovers from tornado

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One year ago this week an EF2 tornado swept through Muscatine damaging many properties in it's path including a church where a pipe organ was destroyed. 

The chimney on the church collapsed in the storm putting a large hole in the ceiling of the sanctuary and leaving the pipe organ in shambles.

"Came out and had debris all over our chancel area, destroyed about everything on the chancel," says Greg Wall, Chairman of Trustees at Wesley UMC.

Organist Sally Potter couldn't believe her eyes. 

"It's just too much to comprehend at first," she says. 

With everything now repaired there is just one piece still missing, a new organ. 

"This time next year they'll be starting to install it," Potter told us. 

The organ won't be all brand new, some of the pipes from the last one were able to be salvaged. 

The tornado was not enough to ruin everything, in fact one of the stained glass windows was pushed in a couple of inches but remained in tact. 

"We were extremely lucky that it didn't come crashing down and completely destroy that window," Wall says. 

And the cross hanging from the ceiling never fell, it's held up by a couple of chains. 

"It was right in place and stayed there through the whole repair process and it's really it's been an even more important symbol for hope and for our church here," Wall told us. 

He says many others in Muscatine experienced damage of their own.

Some had their homes damaged and the First Presbyterian Church had roof problems that weren't immediately noticeable. 

As for the damage at Wesley UMC, we are told insurance covered most of the cost for repairs including the new organ that's been ordered.

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