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Danville house collapses, church floods during flash flooding

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR News) - Cleanup is underway after a creek in Danville flooded a church and caused a house to collapsed early Sunday morning.

The flash flooding happened around 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Water Street and Halifax Road.

Christopher Creech went to see what was left of his home Sunday afternoon and was still in disbelief while seeing it for the first time since the incident.

Creech says his Shih Tzu mix Jake woke him up and alerted him of the flooding. 

"He was bound and determined to let me know something was going on," said Creech.

At first, he thought they were being robbed, but then he heard water in the basement. When he opened the basement door, he saw water rush into his home and knocked him backward.

He got his wife and one of their dogs out of the house. But had to go back inside to get the dog who had woken him up. He says he didn't hesitate to go back because he owed Jake his life.

"That little dog saved our lives," Creech said. "Cause I wouldn't have heard that. I wouldn't have heard it until it was too late."

The family had to be rescued by boat.

Up the hill from the house, along the creek next to a bridge sits Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The church flooded too, and the damage was so bad they weren't able to hold their Sunday Service here, and won't be for some time.

"Well we couldn't have church this morning cause of this tragedy that happened last night, so no church today," said Chairman of the Deacon Ministry Curtis Hailstock.

Floodwater from the creek got into the church's basement, where they kept their food bank, and up into their sanctuary.

Church leaders plan on meeting sometime this week to figure out a plan and where to hold services. They say this isn't the first time the church has flooded, and they do have insurance.

Several other areas in Southwest Virginia also experienced flash flooding.

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