Flooding forces Hartford City evacuees to spend night in Red Cross shelter

BLACKFORD COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Dozens of people are homeless after flood waters took over Blackford County on Friday.

Even Friday night, flood waters continued to rise in some areas of the county. Emergency management crews are keeping a close eye on waste water management facilities threatened by those floods, while those displaced from their homes are spending the night on cots.

Emergency workers had to rescue folks inside a Hartford City mobile home park.

“I woke up again about 6:30 and I looked up just in time to see my grandson’s sandbox floating down the street,” Wayne Schie said.

He and his wife, Tamara Schie, were among those stranded and soaked.

“I had to go back in that house three times, I just took my shoes and socks off and waded,” Tamara said.

The couple is now hunkered down in the Red Cross shelter with a handful of others.

“Makes life a little bit easier knowing that people like the Red Cross are here to help out,” Wayne said.

“It’s nice of them to let us do this. At least they were there when we needed them,” Tamara said.

They’re thankful, but also worried about their home and health.

“He’s type-two diabetic and I’m hypoglycemic, so I have to eat too,” Tamara said.

They call the flooding frustrating, but say it’s days like today they remember why they’ve been married more than 30 years.

“She’s like my right arm and you know I take my right arm for granted because it’s there all the time, and then she turns around and does those special things that I can’t do right now and yeah it means a lot to me,” Wayne said.

And they’re hopeful this homelessness will only last one night.

“I want to go back home, I mean this is wonderful that they do this, but I’d rather be home,” Tamara said.

“Otherwise, we might be here another night, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature,” Wayne said.

Emergency management officials in Blackford County say waters are slowly going down in that mobile home park, but the evacuation has not been lifted by the Blackford County Health Department.

If you’d like to donate to the cleanup efforts visit the Red Cross website for details.

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