Flood of 2018: What to do, how to get help, how to help

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Staff Writer

According to Marshall County and Plymouth officials, here's what you can do in the wake of the historic flood of 2018, how to get help and how to help:

(Anyone with additional information should send it to smcgrath@thepilotnews.com and news@thepiltotnews.com.)

Report water damage to property
Marshall County residents with water damage to their property are urged to document it and report it to the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 574-936-3740. Damage can also be reported by calling 211, which is partly funded through the United Way of Marshall County. County residents seeking help repairing flood-damaged homes should also call 211 to register. People willing to volunteer to help fix homes throughout the county should also call 211 to register.

Dealing with flood-damage debris in Plymouth
Plymouth officials are asking that homeowners wanting to dispose of flood-damaged debris to set it on their curb and separate it into piles away from hydrants, signs and trees:
– Electronics
– Appliances
– Drywall, carpet, wood and furniture
– Tires
– Sandbags
For more information, contact the street department at 936-2017.

Donate money to the United Way for flood relief
Flood-response organizers are asking the public to make cash donations to the United Way of Marshall County – http://www.marshallcountyuw.org/ – for the time being. They said they are not currently looking for donated items since they don’t have a place to store the donations and they’re still assessing what is needed.

Flood-relief cleanup, hygiene kits available
Organizers are making cleanup kits available at a flood information command center at 121 W. Garro St., Plymouth, between Michigan and Center streets, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those in need can also get personal hygiene kits and blankets.

Buy a T-shirt to support flood victims
The United Way of Marshall County is selling T-shirts to raise money for flood victims. The shirts read, “I (heart) my community. Marshall County, Indiana. 2018 flood.” The shirts are $15 and can be ordered by going to marshallcountyuw.org.

Call-out for volunteers, get help
Plymouth is planning a volunteer call-out weekend for Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, to assist those impacted by last week’s historic flooding, according to Laura Mann, Plymouth’s promotion of the city coordinator. Plans are being finalized. County residents seeking help repairing flood-damaged homes should also call 211 to register. People willing to volunteer to help fix homes throughout the county should also call 211 to register.

Food, clothing
The Marshall County Neighborhood Center can help with food, clothing and other assistance. They are located at 402 W. Garro St., Plymouth. Contact them at 936-3388. The charity’s hours are Monday through Thursday 9-4 and Fridays 9-1.
The Bread of Life Food Pantry, 6770 N. Michigan Road, Plymouth, can also help. It is open Mondays 5 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesdays 1-3 and Fridays 1-3. Reach them at 936-1006.

Historic flood
After cresting at about 17.65 feet late Thursday – a record level – the Yellow River in Plymouth finally dropped below the 13-foot flood stage until early Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The river dropped below major flood stage – 15 feet – Sunday afternoon, according to the NWS.
Read more about this in Wednesday’s edition of the Pilot News.

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