Residents survey flooding damage, Red Cross provides assistance

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 8, 2015) – The water has receded from a west side neighborhood but not before damaging at least 20 homes. Flash floods swept through an area near S. Biltmore Ave. and W. Washington Street. At one point Tuesday night, the water was up to mailboxes and some homeowners had at least a foot of water inside.

“I just lost everything again,” said Myrna Delgadillo, as she assessed the damage at her home.

Delgadillo did not have flood insurance, like many residents in the area. She said her rates skyrocketed and she couldn’t afford flood insurance anymore. The thought of cleaning up is overwhelming for Delgadillo because it feels like she’s reliving a nightmare. She had several feet of water in her home when the area flooded back in 2003.

“Everything was in disarray and a mess and our neighbors were all upset,” said Robin Johnson, who watched her neighbors being rescued by boat Tuesday night.

The Wayne Township Fire Department rescued 15 residents from their homes on Tuesday. Governor Mike Pence met with those firefighters the next day to thank them for their quick action.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross met with residents in the affected area to provide assistance. The agency also passed out clean up kits with mops and other supplies.

“It will kind of be on an individual basis some people who are able to get back in and don’t have damage in their house they’ll be back on track a little bit sooner than the others but that’s why we’re here,” said Ann Gregson, Spokesperson for the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at the Speedway United Methodist Church, 5065 West 16th Street. The number to call for Red Cross assistance is 888-684-1441.

To make a financial gift, become a Red Cross disaster volunteer, learn more about how to prepare for floods and other disasters, go to redcross.org.

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