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Plymouth community comes together to clean up area

PLYMOUTH, Ind. -- As the Yellow River’s water level recedes, people who live in Marshall County are coming together to start the clean up process. 

Sunday morning, Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter said people who live in Plymouth can call United Way at 211 to find out ways to offer and receive help. United way responders will then be able to connect flood impacted families to resources and volunteers to opportunities. 

An emergency shelter has also been set up at The Webster Center at 110 Webster Ave. 

Jeff Houin lost his business to the flooding but said the outpouring of community support exemplifies the Plymouth community. 

“The community’s really come together," said Houin. "Everybody I talked to was looking for ways to help when the water was up and now we’ve got lists of, last I heard, it was at least 100 people that have already signed up to volunteer and more are coming out everyday.”

Marshall County Commissioner Mike Delps said crews will be out cleaning debris from roads Monday. He also said an engineer will start assessing the county's roads and bridges for damage on Monday. 

Delp isn’t sure how much it will costs to fix the roads, but estimated it at $200,000, a similar amount the county spent a few years ago on roads after experiencing similar flooding. However the county did declare a disaster, so federal aid is possible. But Houin, who also serves on the Plymouth City Council, said this will take some time. 

"As you can see the water is still up pretty high," said Houin. "And there are a lot of places that we can’t even get to know so itll be from what I understand probably the end of the week before we know what’s really needed." 

People who sustained damage from flooding should also call the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 574-936-3740. 

Donations can also be made online at marshalcountyuw.org, through the phone at (574)936-3366, or by mail to UWMC.2018 Flood Response, PO Box 392, Plymouth, IN 46563. 

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