Homes, businesses clean up after meltdown

Winds shift to the southwest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – There are big pockets of flooding around the city, but the concerns don’t just start and end with the streets and sidewalks. Home and business owners dealing with rising water spent Thursday cleaning up and trying to prevent more damage.

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NewsChannel 15  spoke to several people who said this isn’t a new issue for them.

“This is what we deal with every year, and I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there that deal with the same thing. That’s part of where you live and how you have to react to keep your home safe,” said Jim Koch.

Koch lives in Hoagland and spent the morning filling sandbags and loading up for a potential mess.

“We may get 50 degrees today and rain, that’s a recipe for catastrophe.”

The Kochs live in a low-lying area and said this type of rain and snow combination is something they’ve faced many times before.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep the water out of our basement, just like everyone else is trying to do.”

Koch started preparing yesterday and feels confident the dozens of sandbags he picked up this morning will do the trick to keep his home safe and dry.

Homeowners weren’t the only people cleaning up Thursday. The owners of King Gyros off of Goshen Road also woke up to an unwelcome surprise.

“We’re lower than what the road is so water flows this way and this drain, sometimes it keeps up and sometimes it doesn’t, and when it doesn’t, it goes inside,” said Nick Sakellariou, co-owner of King Gyros.

There was about an inch of standing water inside the dining room of King Gyros on Thursday morning but they were able to move the water out onto the pavement and control it with sandbags.

“We were able to get in here early enough, so we all came in and clocked in a little early and busted our backs and got it done,” said Sakellariou.

Despite the mess, King Gyros was able to open on time Thursday. The owners are also confident they will be able to control any more possible flooding with the sandbags they picked up Thursday morning.


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