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Church’s insurance company won’t cover flood damage because it was an ‘act of God’

As a result of some serious flooding in Pennsylvania this week, the Connellsville Church of God sustained some serious damage.

As an additional kick in the teeth to its staff and parishioners, their insurance company won’t cover the damage because the flood was an “act of God.”

According to WTAE, the church sits on a hill, but flooding backed up drains, causing the force of the water to collapse an outside wall, “sending 4 feet of water into the fellowship hall.”

In the insurance industry, an act of God is defined as any accident or event not caused by human error/action. Hurricanes, floods, hail, tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes and tornados are all considered acts of God.

“The devastation on our whole church is unreal. But we serve a good God,” the Rev. Nelson Confer said.

From WTAE:

The church is insured by Church Mutual Insurance, Confer said. He said he was told by an employee there that the damage would not be covered because it was considered an act of God. A representative for the company said officials had no comment on the issue.

Volunteers spent Wednesday cleaning up mud and removing destroyed property from the church. Services will held Sunday in the church’s gymnasium since weight can’t be put on the sanctuary above the fellowship hall.

If you’re in the area and want to help volunteer or donate to the cleanup/rebuilding process, you can contact them via their Facebook page.

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  1. J Q Public

    September 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Why don’t they argue that the storm drain failure was an “act of man”? Apparently “intelligent design” doesn’t include storm drains…

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