INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 8, 2015) -- Homeowners on the city's west side worked to clean up their houses Wednesday from flood damage, using a visit from Gov. Mike Pence to ask for help.
"I’m devastated at what I’m going to do next. I don’t want to come back here," homeowner Myrna Delgadillo said.
That's what Delgadillo told FOX59 early Wednesday, with her home ruined by flooding and most of her possessions waterlogged. Hours later, she found herself face-to-face with the governor as he arrived to tour the damage.
"The governor promised me they're going to work on it and see what we can get resolved," Delgadillo said.
Pence visited some of the 30 homes in Wayne Township damaged by flooding Tuesday night. Firefighters were still watching closely in case the fast-moving waters strike again.
"I think it's a time not for worry, but it's a time for vigilance," Pence said.
"We keep driving around the township (to) watch some of our streams around here to see what’s going on with them," Wayne Township Fire Captain Mike Pruitt said.
Pruitt said the flooding should be an opportunity for everyone to pay attention and form a plan in case it hits your home. You should be ready to grab things like medication, bottled water and extra clothes and get out of your house as soon as you see water rising.
"That (way) if you do have to stay away from your home for a considerable amount of time, you do have some basic necessities to get you through," Pruitt said.
For those dealing with damage, American Red Cross volunteers began helping with individual needs and handing out cleaning kits. They also opened a shelter at the Speedway United Methodist Church, planning to stay open all night into Thursday morning in case there was more flooding.
For Delgadillo and her neighbors, this was not new. They were flooded out in 2003 and said they'd raised concerns about trash in sewers that was causing water to back up for years. She hoped something could be done to fix it this time.
"Maybe we'll get something done," Delgadillo said.
"Whatever’s going on that’s causing this situation, please of all things governor, please, please, please fix this," neighbor Robin Johnson said.