HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Thursday, flooding spread to all corners of Central Indiana.
Kurt Wanninger put his vacation on hold when he heard what flood waters had done to Westfield’s Open Doors Food Pantry.
“I don’t even know if we’ll get in here,” he said as he turned the key to see for the first time the damage flood waters left behind at the food pantry.
Freezers were dumped over, fresh foods were ruined and mud caked the floor of Open Doors, which services about 100 local families each month.
“When you’re talking about donations and things like that, it’s priceless,” said Wanninger, Open Doors President.
Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, about three feet of water stood inside the building. The Westfield Fire Department even had to help get several employees out who were trapped by the flood waters.
“We experienced six water rescue related runs within an hour time frame,” said Westfield Fire Chief Joe Lyons.
Meanwhile, north Indianapolis neighbors worked against the downpour to keep their homes safe.
“It is the worst I’ve ever seen it. It happens probably a few times a year when we get those huge downpours that come down really, really fast,” said Indy resident Angela McColgin.
McColgin said she saw several cars with water gushing out from the inside.
Others decided to go around the water and right through McColgin’s front yard, leaving a fresh divot in the soft ground.
“We’ll get some grass seed and a rake and hopefully by May we’ll forget that it was here,” said McColgin.
McColgin keeps a positive attitude, as does the staff of Open Doors. They only hope the community, as they typically do, comes out to help get them back on their feet. They promise they’ll keep struggling families stay on theirs.
“We’ll find other places for them to go. We’ll work with the Good Samaritan organization or other food pantries in the community and we’ll work with them to find a place to go,” said Wanninger.
Anyone who would like to help the Open Door Food Pantry you can mail monetary donations to:
Open Doors of Westfield Washington Township
P.O Box 196
Westfield, IN 46074
You may also drop off non-perishable items to your local Open Doors representatives or at Open Doors facility at 110 Jersey Street in Westfield from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For more information on that, you can call call 317-896-5094 or email Susan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in Hamilton County and need sandbags you can pick them up for free at the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency, 18100 Cumberland Rd in Noblesville. Residents can pick those bags up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.