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Pastor Jeffrey Willey kneels down inside the Christ United Church, which was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Cypress, Texas. The church, which was flooded last year, had just recovered before Harvey caused more damage. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A Houston federal judge has rejected an attempt by three religious organizations to receive disaster funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair their churches that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The churches include Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle, and Rockport First Assembly of God, which all suffered damage to their sanctuaries, a steeple and a fellowship hall during the Aug. 27 storm, along with countless other buildings in the Houston area.

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