Red Cross hands out cleaning kits to local flood victims

The American Red Cross continues to help local flood victims, especially with the cleanup. Volunteers have passed out dozens of cleaning kits to those affected by the high waters.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 11:59 PM
Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 4:20 AM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The American Red Cross continues to help local flood victims, especially with the cleanup. Volunteers have passed out dozens of cleaning kits to those affected by the high waters.

"This is going to be part of my inheritance from my father," said Willard Merkel.

Merkel has been working hard to renovate his father's place on the Tippecanoe River in Carroll County.

"I just bought brand new building materials, $800 worth of drywall and insulation," said Merkel.

However, all of his work has been hold after the recent flooding.

"Came back Monday and it was close to knee deep," said Merkel.

The American Red Cross is looking to help Merkel and other homeowners.

The organization has a site set up at the First Assembly of God in Delphi. They are providing food, water and cleaning kits. The kits include brooms, mops, cleaning supplies and gloves.

"I know that they've given out over 40 cleanup kits just today, just to families in this area. So, it's really important just to get those out to everybody so they can continue their cleanup and recovery process," disaster program specialist Kristina Chapman said.

Volunteers on a mobile unit have been traveling around the last four days passing out the kits.

"They go out into the affected areas, and they just do a lot of talking to the residents to see what their needs are at this point and what their recovery plans are," said Chapman.

Merkel was happy to accept their help.

"I haven't looked in it yet, but from what this guy says — I think it will, yes," answered Merkel when asked if the kit will help with his damage.

The Red Cross will be working with emergency management in the next few days to do a disaster assessment. That will allow them to set up for further assistance moving forward.

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