MULVANE, Kan. (KSNW) – The town of Mulvane is one of a few communities hit twice in a short amount of time by extreme weather, and now, many are left with a big mess.
The streets may look clear and calm right now but many people in Mulvane are still working to rebuild after the floods.
KSN spoke with members in the community about their progress.
In the immediate days following the rains, groups of people arrived at doors of residences and businesses ready to gut buildings and remove trash.
The city even offered to pick up debris from people’s front curbs.
Amy Houston, the Mulvane Chamber director, tells KSN she believes there’s nearly 170 residences and businesses affected in town and she doesn’t think anyone who was affected is fully recovered yet.
KSN also spoke with the LeeSchelle Simon, the owner of Creekside Puddle Jumpers Daycare, who says she’s never seen the water jump the banks like it did that day.
Her daycare was flooded up to 2 feet for about four hours and nearly everything had to be tossed out.
But Simon says even though she’s devastated by the flooding, there’s people in the community who need the help more.
“I have a plan. I’ve had some nice donations from people and organizations,” she said. “My church donated some money and I’ve had individuals donate money, but I know that there’s a lot of individuals out there, families with little kids that need the help. So, I know that there’s still that need out there.”
Fortunately, there’s more relief headed to the area.
Now that the immediate needs of safety and housing have been met, the city can focus in on long term efforts to rebuild.
“There’s still a lot of unmet needs. Not just physical, not just building but you know, the mental and the emotional and spiritual as well, we’re trying to work on,” Houston said.
The Kansas Department of Commerce recommended that the city of Mulvane start a committee to bring resources to the community.
That’s how the Mulvane Area Long Term Flood Committee began.
On Saturday, Sept. 24 that group is hosting a community informational meeting for flood victims across the area to learn about what resources are out there.
Many of those resources, Houston said, they didn’t even realize the community could access.
Saturday’s meeting will host representatives from KDOT, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, United Way, United Methodist Church Disaster Relief, Mennonite Housing, Habitat for Humanity and more.
There will also be therapy services available to help people cope with the emotional toll the flood has taken on many.
The meeting will start Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Mulvane High School Commons Area.
“The biggest thing is to try to keep the community together and for the community to know that we are all working together; business owners, residents, the city, we’re all working together to try to make the new normal come as soon as possible for everybody within our community,” Houston said.