Southern Indiana church reopens 3 years after 2012 tornadoes

(WISH Photo, file)

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana church that a deadly 2012 tornado destroyed has reopened to its congregation after nearly three years.

Mount Moriah Church’s parishioners gathered Sunday for the church’s first services in the new church building in Henryville, about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

Those services came three years to the day that the Baptist congregation gathered for the last time in its old church days before it was leveled during the March 2, 2012, outbreak.

Pastor Terry Lanoue tells WDRB-TV  that rebuilding the church has “been a long haul” following the storms killed 14 people in rural southern Indiana communities.

The new church building contains a storm shelter and sits near the snow-covered remains of the original church. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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