Flood Victims Return to Their Homes

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 08/25 2014 10:23AM

Updated 08/25 2014 01:34PM

The flash flooding that hit our viewing area on Friday, has made it so some people are just now returning to their homes.
In Blackford County they received over 10 inches of rain. One neighborhood in Hartford City had 28 people forced to evacuate because of the flash flooding.

After a night of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, residents in this neighborhood tell me they were in shock, when they woke up on friday and could no longer see their yard."

"It started raining and it didn't stop, and I looked out that door and it was a river."

"They knocked on the door and they said they was evacuating me. And I opened the door and looked out, and there was a lake. And I looked at my car, and it was way under water up to the seats."

"The cars were under water, the headlights were too. And there was just water everywhere."

The water has now subsided and residents are trying to figure out how they'll fix the damage. Loretta Boots says the water damaged the engine of her vehicle.  "I don't know what i'm going to do. I have no car, i live alone, so there I am."

There has been help for the flood victims. The American Red Cross has a station set up on the 4-H Fair Grounds, and Mark Slusher says they will supply aid as long as they are needed. "We have case workers and disaster assessment people working out here, that are out in the areas assessing the damage. And then clients are able to come in here, and sit down with the Red Cross client case workers and start their assistance process."

Ashley Moreland is thankful for their help. "The Red Cross knocked on my door and asked me if I lost anything, like food or anything, and I told them yah. so they are helping me replace that."

Boots is upset about her vehicle, but is thankful things aren't worse.  "Oh, i'm grateful, I thank God, that I'm here."

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross and help with the flooding relief in Hartford City, you can click here for more information.  http://www.redcross.org/

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