Post by columbusdrama on Oct 10, 2008 20:23:18 GMT -5
All employees will return to work on the 10th and fully staffed on the 13th for their visit from the Malcom Baldrige Program... but open for business should be the 27th...
Update on Flood site, we have new photos of the hospital inventory 66 in all... we are still wanting yours if you have any to share... Columbus Flood waters may be gone, but we need to remember those who still need help.
Post by Ricky_Berkey on Oct 11, 2008 7:05:41 GMT -5
This is information from the Republic(Mon - 6 Oct) but I know it's information they want to be distributed to anyone who needs it. Please read and support our local newspaper and please pass along this flood relief information.
BARTHOLOMEW CO. LONG-TERM RECOVERY TEAM’S WEEKLY REPORT Long-Term Flood Recovery Team Update for Oct. 6
There are 178 recovery cases still open. As some of our case managers return to their regular jobs at Columbus Regional Hospital, some of these cases will need to reassigned. If your current case manager is leaving, the Recovery Team will make sure that a new case manager is assigned to you.
The Recovery Team has established new guidelines for qualifying for local assistance. They include:
If you are employing a general contractor, we cannot help you at this time. When he finishes his work, if you still have unmet needs, please contact us.
You must have a case manager. You may call 314-2344 to have one assigned.
If you are in a mobile home where the insulation is damaged, you must remove it unless you have a physical condition that prevents you from doing so.
The Recovery Team has also set a deadline of Oct. 15 for registering with us for assistance. The deadline is intended to help us complete our survey of unmet needs, which in turn will help us qualify for additional outside funds for the recovery effort. We urge you to contact our office if you need assistance and do not have a case manager assigned.
Flood survivors often have needs that go beyond money and material. Free flood survivor counseling is available through Project Aftermath. Please call 1-866-679-4631 if you are interested in these services.
The Long Term Recovery Team's Web site is nearing completion. Watch this space for information on the launch date.
The Long Term Recovery Team is sponsoring a "reunion" for flood survivors to connect, tell stories, and discover possibilities. The reunion will take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12, from 3-5 p.m. at the Donner Park Shelter (or Donner Center in case of rain). The reunion will feature free food, children's activities, resource people and information. Mark your calendars and plan to take a break on Oct. 12!
The Salvation Army/Sans Souci coat drive will start Monday, Oct. 6. Any flood victims or general public needing coats can go to Salvation Army at 252 Illinois St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Friday. To donate coats bring them Sans Souci, Inc. across the street from United Way Center Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.. No supporting information is required. That drive and distribution goes throughout the winter.
If you still have unmet needs and are not working with a case manager, please call the LTFR Office at 314-2344 immediately.
Painting is complete in basement, at least what we plan to do right now. The drywall man was just wonderful. Have talked to others and they had huge messes to clean up whereas our man brought along his shop vac and cleaned as he worked. He also used a vac to suck up the dust as he did his sanding. All the dust we had to clean was just a minimal amount when he did a little hand sanding. My husband was so impressed with this young man's work that he gave him a bonus.
Another happy event has occured (at least we think it is so) and that is when we took the computer in to the repair shop on Central Avenue, we discovered the video card was not damaged when Don removed the plug from the tower. The young man in the store, by the name of Terry, removed the card, replaced it and then bent the back of the plug area back in and the computer came on. So when we left the store all we were charged was for the cords we needed (no idea how but somehow we had thrown out the cords to this computer), no charge for looking at the computer or fixing it. Needless to say with all the rest that has happened lately this was the highlight of the day!!!! :-) So if anyone has need of a computer repair, I would highly recommend this store. It's North of 25th Street on the right hand side as you are going North and near that bakery.
Our son Mark is here on a visit from California and he has set up my new laptop so before too long I'll have it to take along on our travels and be able to keep in touch. Perhaps today Mark will also connect all the components to the basement computer and we will know for sure if it is still good.
The remainder of what needs to be done in our basement will be taking all the totters out of the garage where they have been stored back to the basement, also furniture still needs to be taken down as well. Carpeting or whatever we decide to do on the floors will not happen till next year, most likely after we return from our usual visit to Florida in January and February. Furniture replacement will happen as we find items we want. Still a good bit of work to be done but overall we feel very pleased that we've made it this far and accomplished this much. It's surely been a "long, long haul" but we've learned a lot going through this, as I'm sure everyone has who was affected in any way by the flood.
Thanks again to everyone who helped anyone in any way during this time.
Our old computer is hooked up and working just fine. This week we will be able to use a flash drive to transfer the old records of auction purchases to a CD to keep for future use. Many avenues were tried but finally, with a good friend to the rescue once more, the plan is Tuesday to accomplish this task . I highly recommend Central Computer Repairs on Central Avenue just South of 31 on the East side of the street as they were most accommodating and not expensive at all.
Just got home a few minutes ago from an auction and I have never been so happy over a very few dollars spent . For only $1.00 each we got two wooden shelves (homemade...but solid recycled wood) that will be perfect for the basement to store supplies, paint, etc. on. I also got a metal plant stand for $1.00 which will hold paper products and items that don't weigh a lot.
One thing we learned from the flood was that "solid wood" will hold up but anything made with that "sawdust" and then covered in veneer does not. Wood will dry out and can be reused.
SO that is why these three items made us so happy. Also got a replacement Christmas tree for another $1.00. No idea what it looks like as it is in a box but it looked okay....and you know for such a small amount, all of these things will work out just fine for us for now.
Today has been a good day! :-)
(Addition Sunday October 19th, 2:32 p.m.) The stereo system was just checked out and only about half of it still works . The fact any of it does is really surprising considering how long it sat submerged in water. Both the CD player and the tape player components are shot but the receiver and radio are okay, so we now have half of an expensive stereo system but the other parts can always be purchased down the line. I'm still saying "Its been a good day! :-)"
With the assistance of Richard Bray, the auction records from the computer located in our basement have now been recovered. Our son, Mark, who is here from California visiting, made a quick stop at the Bray residence yesterday and the records were quickly transferred from a floppy disc to a flash drive, which then we hoped we could install on this computer. This did not happen as the newer computer didn't have "Works", so today we purchased a new "Works" and hopefully tonight the records can finally be installed on this computer. All in all, though not everything worked out just how we thought it would, we've almost come to the end of the "saga of the downstairs computer". Richard has been a dear friend through it all, so I want to acknowledge him here in the boards. :-)
[The following press release was distributed immediately following the President and Governor's declaration of the Disaster Areas due to the 2008 floods in the state of Indiana. HOME, a non for profit organization formed for the sole purpose of assisting Indiana Farmers with emergency flood relief assistance has had a very hard time identifying and receiving applicants to receive grant money. If you are in need of assistance please contact HOME, DeAna Owens @ 765-318-8025]
Indiana Floods of 2008: Disaster Assistance for Family Farmers
Hoosier Organic Marketing Education (HOME), an Indiana-based non-profit organization, has received grant funds facilitated by Farm Aid and OpUSA for emergency flood relief for Indiana family farmers. Operation USA's mission focuses on children and others most vulnerable in the wake of manmade and natural disasters. When Operations USA decided to help Midwest farmers affected by recent flooding, they reached out first to Farm Aid. Operations USA knew that Farm Aid, with its history of working with farmers and farm organization in communities across the country, could identify farm organizations in flooded areas that could accept grants and get assistance to farmers who needed it most.
These funds are granted to provide direct emergency assistance for those who have faced losses during Indiana’s recent floods. Family Farmers who are in need of emergency funds for food, clothing, utilities or health care related to this emergency should contact HOME immediately.
Funds will be distributed to those whom HOME has identified as most in need via a cash payment of $300.00. We know it will not resolve all of the challenges you face right now. We simply hope it helps in some measure to get you through this difficult period.
We urge you to remain in contact with the organizations in Indiana that are dedicated to providing assistance to family farmers. It is very likely that you will need other types of assistance during the coming weeks and months, and keeping a close connection to those organizations may help speed delivery of aid. If you are outside of Indiana and not familiar or connected to support groups in your region, contact Farm Aid toll free at 1.800.FARMAID (1.800.327.6243). They will do what they can to find help for you.
Like the story of the tortise and the hare, we have been the tortise in this adventure of restoring our basement and today when we do the final touch up on the walls, door trim and baseboards "OUR" work downstairs will be complete. The plan is to touch up paint today and then take some of the items in the totes in the garage down to the storage rooms. This will free up space in our garage which has really been cramped since June and also get us one step closer to finishing things.
We did locate a man to hang our trim, the door and the baseboards so that was accomplished right after Christmas. Once he finished his work, I did hang a few pictures, etc. and the big room is now looking quite good. Getting the trim and woodwork up off the floor and back where it belonged just changed the whole look of downstairs and hanging pictures then made me feel we are soon going to have our basement back.
When the painting is done then all that remains is getting carpeting installed and buying whatever we decide on in the way of furniture. This we will take our time on, as we've taken our time in doing the work that has been accomplished thus far. So many neighbors were back up and running as they say within just a few months but not us. We are just the "tortise" and have taken our own good time to make decisions. We both feel in doing this that just the right person has come forward and we've found wonderful people to help us with our work.
Our thanks again to all who have contributed to this restoration in any way. Yet we still know there are people who have not been able to even return to their homes. Our hearts go out to them and our prayers are with them.
My wife and had the opportunity to visit my old neighborhood, Everoad Park West, while visiting friends in Indianapolis this past July. We had followed the news reports online thru the Republic and the Indianapolis Star. A lot of pictures were shown online, including my parents' former home on Streamside Drive. Rather ironic street name, to say the least. I don't believe that any of my neighbors still live in the neighborhood, but we did stop to chat with an elderly couple on Hawcreek Blvd. Even though I haven't lived there since 1968 and have been in Canada since 1976, they were quite happy to chat with us, give us a tour of their home, share pictures and tell of their ordeal. They were living in a trailer in their side yard still, but a lot of work had been done in their home already through the help of friends from their church. (Fortunately, since these were "National Homes", none of these houses had basements.) We were very touched by their story and gave them a cash donation which they were willing to accept only if we agreed to let them pass it on to someone "who was really in need".
We were quite touched by their spirit. Some homes looked normal; others had gaps that you could look thru to see the ongoing reconstruction work. My old home was completely wrapped in Tyvek. You couldn't tell where the doors and windows were supposed to be.
It was quite an emotional visit for us. I can only imagine the impact on those directly affected.
Post by columbusdrama on May 19, 2009 15:57:39 GMT -5
Its been almost one year after the flood hit Columbus Indiana and surrounding areas. Many people are still rebuilding their lives and some have just left their homes since they couldn't afford or didn't have insurance to cover the damages.
The city is working on putting together an event on June 7th starting around 3:30 at the 17th Street Bridge where the Mayor and Commissioners will read a Proclamation and dedicate a high water marker. This same Proclamation and dedication will also be done at 4:30 in Mill Race Park at the wooden bridge. At 5pm the church bells will ring for one minute across the county to end the year anniversary of the Flood. The Pipers will also play and the city is thinking about inviting people to bring a picnic lunch to have at Mill Race park. Of course we are still hoping going to have the Flood DVD Photolicious Keepsakes and CPS staff along with the community put together played at YesCinema on the 7th at 1:30, this is a free showing.
Don't forget we are still seeking stories, Photos, videos to place online at www.columbusflood2008.com currently we have over 2200 photos.
Photolicious Keepsakes website is www.photoliciouskeepsakes.com also we still have Flood Books published by Photolicious Keepsakes containing photos submitted by the community for sale, please visit this page for further information on the book.
DRAFT ONLY (May 26, 2009)
JUNE 7, 2009
1:30 – 2:30 P.M. Free showing of the Flood DVD at YES Cinema
Meet at Seventeenth Bridge
Meet along the People Trail below the bridge. There is plenty of parking in the Lot for the doctor’s building just west of the hospital. The Indiana Pipers will play while walking across the bridge (along the sidewalk on the northwest side).
3:15 P.M. Southern Indiana Pipes and Drum
3:20 P.M. Welcome by County Commissioners
(May include a moment of silence)
3:25 P.M. Commissioner Reads Proclamation
3:30 P.M. Commissioner’s remarks
Commissioner - Read Plaque dedicating high water marker
3:45 P.M. Close
Meet at wooden bridge in Mill Race Park and walk to the wooden bridge. There are steps leading down to a walkway. The Indiana Pipers will play as they walk across the wooden bridge.
4:15 P.M. Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums
4:25:P.M. Welcome by Mayor Fred L. Armstrong
4:35 P.M. Mayor Reads Proclamation
(May include a moment of silence)
4:45 P.M. Mayor’s remarks and Commissioner’s remarks 4:55 P.M. Mayor - Read Plaque dedicating high water marker
Amazing Photo of Flood 2008 (Hawcreek & Hospital Areas) Street 17 Looking North East Columbus, Indiana
On June 7, 2008, record flooding from nearby Haw Creek filled the basement and up to six inches on the first floor of Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, IN, forcing the hospital to evacuate 157 patients.
Brief Overview Writing & Source: (scroll down to read after call up)