Kokomo residents waiting for flood water to recede
The heavy rains in Kokomo generated the worst flooding that city has seen in decades. While the high water is going down, flood victims still have a long road to recovery after suffering such a devastating blow.
Lashanda Thomas and her family are making the most out of a heart-wrenching situation while spending some time at the American Red Cross Shelter in Kokomo.
"We just put new carpet downstairs. I just gutted my kitchen and put a whole new kitchen in," said Lashanda Thomas, a flood victim.
Friday morning, the family noticed the water rising a little on their street into their driveway and even watched water creep into their basement. But, they had no idea what was about to happen.
"We have a window in the basement and you could just hear the water pouring in. It sounded like a waterfall. It's just pouring. Man the water's up to the kitchen window," said Lashanda.
That story was repeated throughout Kokomo. The Wildcat Creek grew fierce swelling way out of its banks and claiming new territory.
An aerial look from Chopper 13 HD shows the scope of the flooding at its peak on Friday.
But, with a new day comes new challenges--Mother Nature offering the good with the bad.
"It's already come down quite a bit," said Kevin Sprinkle, a Kokomo resident.
Sprinkle knows because he was in this boat 24 hours earlier rescuing some of his neighbors--one was handicapped.
"We helped her get out. She had no idea. She was on top of a bed the last thing before that went under water and she was just stuck with no way to contact anyone," said Sprinkle.
Emergency crews evacuated more than 100 people from the flash floods saving their lives while some lost everything else.
"I'm just scared and nervous hoping we can find some help somewhere from somebody," said Lori Long, a flood victim.
It's hard to find good news when this much water is swallowing the downtown. But, the sun is shining and there are signs the water is receding and that's enough to offer some hope.
"My grill did not move. I will be using it when the water goes down," laughed Michael Thomas, Lashanda's husband.
Back to the Thomas Family--their constant pursuit of the positive and downright funny is giving them the strength to move on!
"What's most important," asked Eyewitness News Reporter Carrie Cline.
"My X-box and my family," said Kushite Thomas, Lashanda and Michael's son.
"In that order," asked Cline.
"Yep," responded the boy.
The Red Cross wants to remind you, it is here for support. If you or someone you know are in need of emergency food, clothing, shelter, basic health care or any other support you can call its toll-free number at 888-684-1441 or go to redcross.org.