200 homes damaged, dozens condemned after Kokomo flood

KOKOMO, IND. — As the water in the Wildcat Creek continues to recede, families are still left dealing with the aftermath of last week’s record flood. City leaders said up to 200 homes have been damaged and about a dozen are condemned.

“I’ve called about 50 landlords yesterday and there’s no place [to stay],” said Doris Vincent, who was living with her sister’s house on Carter Street. ”I don’t know what to do.”

Nearly all of her belongings in the garage were swept away by the flood waters. Inspectors condemned the home on Monday after the current shifted the entire foundation of the house.

“[I’m] very stressed,” said Vincent. “I mean, you don’t know what to do, where to go. I stayed in the vehicle the first few days.”

The Wildcat Creek in Kokomo rose to nearly 19 feet Friday, 10 feet above flood stage.

Michelle Kelley said she doesn’t want to move her and her cats out of her home.

“This has been my home for seven years and these babies. This is all they know,” she said.

For now, Kelley is staying with her neighbor, Jacqueline Day, whose home is the only one standing in the neighborhood. Power came back on Wednesday morning.

“I’m just happy that my stuff is saved but I feel so sad and unfortunate for these other people,” said Day.

While the water has receded, Vincent has more worries.

“Just take it day by day,” she said. “There have been places trying to give us clothes.”

City leaders said there’s still no final count on how many homes suffered water damage. The mayor is confident help will come once all homes are assessed.