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Sandbags help residents and non-profit with flooding


Michiana is knee deep in flooding problems, causing many to flock to local sand bag stations. 

"This all flooded here," said Reins of Life Director of Development Cathy Alwine, as she showed us around the flooded property Thursday.

When everyone showed up to work in the morning, they saw water everywhere.  Alwine said, "We had water in the hay barn, water in the stall barn, water in the arena. We couldn't keep up with it, so I looked online to see where we could get sandbags."

She and other Reins of Life employees filled 70 sandbags at the Warren Township Fire Station.

Fire Chief Chris Antonucci said people started filling the bags around noon Thursday and never stopped.  "It's been just steady," he said.  "I think we had five or six cars at one time.  It's been pretty steady the whole day."

Antonucci said there's no sandbag limit, it's whatever people can fill and carry.  And people were certainly taking advantage of that. "We actually provided more shovels today because of the demand for the day," said Antonucci.

Veronica Couts' neighbor was also there filling sandbags for her flooded garage.  "It's just a mess, and I'm sick and tired of all this snow. Now, I'm getting sandbags," said Couts.

She said the garage was her late husband's "man cave."  To this day, it's used for some pretty important storage.  Couts said, "I'm re-doing my house I've got hardwood flooring in there, doors in there."

With the help of friends, Veronica worked to get items off the ground and move the water out with a hose.  But she said it was all very frustrating.  "I don't know why this is happening to me."

Everyone was thinking similar thoughts at Reins of Life.  "We've never had anything like this," said Alwine.

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