Mayor Stutsman provides update on flooding in Goshen

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman held a press conference Thursday afternoon to update residents on the state of emergency due to flooding.

The emergency declaration remains in place, but the travel declaration has been downgraded from a warning to an advisory. Drivers are asked to use caution.

As quickly as the water arrived, it receded, but there are some business and residential areas that remain flooded.

Residents and business owners are being asked to document their damage, which will be helpful when accessing state and federal disaster funds.

Throughout the city, there were 150 structures, homes and businesses, affected by floodwaters.

The east-west travel routes have reopened, but some roads may still be flooded. If you see standing water, do not drive through it.

You should also not walk through a flooded area. If a manhole is no longer covered, you could fall into it.

There are a few vehicles that are still stranded in roads or parking lots. They are working to get those cleared.

Goshen Fire removed 32 people by boat and assisted with 22 self-evacuations.

There were approximately 34 residents who remained sheltered in mobile homes and did not want to leave.Later, some of those residents requested assistance. They were taken to the Baptist church and housed and fed until they could be taken to a shelter.

The next steps are to assess the damage and begin the process of requesting federal and state funds.

If residents want to volunteer to help, they can contact the city.

The city is no longer asking residents to conserve water.

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