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BATON ROUGE - A pastor in north Baton Rouge said the city owes him thousands for damaging his church while doing construction close by.

Large tree limbs fell on the roof at Grace and Mercy Ministries on Wilbur Street, where Wilbert Jones ministers to his flock.

"I feel like if they broke it, they should fix it," he told News 2.

The roof has been leaking for months, Jones said, after the city cut down a tree close to his building and some of the limbs fell on it. The tree was in the path of a proposed sewer line, Jones said.

"This is what I end up with," Jones said. "Fixing a problem that I didn't create. I called the inspector, the inspector came out, took pictures. But he never got back in touch with me."

Jones said he's spent thousands making his own repairs once the leaks started. He's laid new plywood on the roof and gutted the entire bathroom because of water damage, that he said started eight months ago.

Calls to the East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works for comment Tuesday were not returned.



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