City: Uninsured homeowners with flood damage can call 211 for possible volunteer help

Shawn McGrath
Staff Writer

Laura Mann, Plymouth’s promotion of the city coordinator, said uninsured homeowners with flood damage should call 211, which is supported by the United Way of Marshall County, for possible help from volunteers.
“211 has been around for a really long time and I don’t know if everybody realizes what a resource 211 is, but it is an incredible resource,” Mann told the city’s common council during its Monday meeting. “It is our savior right now because they have all the information.”
The 211 system can also be used to report water damage instead of through the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency or the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, she said.
The city 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, Mann said.
“There are some things that we are not going to be able to help with,” she said. “There are three homes on Fairbanks (Avenue) that have lost their foundations. We cannot help with that. If you need to muck-out your basement, we can do that. If you need help with drywall, (volunteers) can do that.”
To register to volunteer, call the United Way of Marshall County’s 211 system. Organizers also want property owners to register by calling 221.
For homeowners with insurance, Mann recommends they contact their insurance agent first.
Mann said organizers are asking the public to make cash donations to the United Way of Marshall County. She 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.
Organizers are making cleanup kits available at a flood information command center at 121 W. Garro St., between Michigan and Center streets, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents can also get personal hygiene kits and blankets.
After cresting at about 17.65 feet late Thursday – a record level – the Yellow River in Plymouth is not expected to drop below the 13-foot flood stage until early Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicted. The river finally dropped below major flood stage – 15 feet – Sunday afternoon, according to the NWS.
Read more about this in Tuesday’s edition of the Pilot News.