Falling debris nearly hits Panama City church

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – A Panama City church narrowly avoided significant damage on Friday morning after the roof of a neighboring business landed on their front lawn.

Part of John Lee Mazda’s roof blew off as a result of the strong winds the Panhandle experienced during Friday’s storm.

The roof landed at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, right across the street from the dealership.


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The exterior of the church was damaged.

You could say it was a bit of deja vu for the church’s pastor, this isn’t the first time this happened.

“When Hurricane Michael came through, amazingly, the Mazda’s roof came off that time and landed over on the opposite side of where the roofing is now,” Cedar Grove Baptist Church Pastor Charles Key said. “Same scenario, just a different result. But this time, as you can see, it landed right in front of our new drive-through.”

The drive-through at the church was completed at the beginning of the year. Key said it will cost a decent amount of money to fix.

He remains optimistic about all the issues encountered Friday morning and sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

“That’s the way it goes, but God is good. He took care of everything,” Key added. “This can be fixed, it’s fairly easy to repair. The job is just getting the debris removed, that probably would be the hardest thing, getting that out of the way. But we’re trusting the folks who can do that, will take care of it.”

Thankfully for the Mazda dealership, the roof was the only part that was damaged.

No cars parked at the business were affected in any way.

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