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Flood cleanup continues in Hobart, Lake Station as residents wait for Kankakee to recede

A vehicle plows through a flooded road Monday to enter the Sumava Resorts community. 

Kale Wilk, The Times

Lake Station, Hobart and residents along the Kankakee River continued to clean up Tuesday after last week's floods.

Lake Station residents packed a meeting Monday night at City Hall to learn about assistance options, talk with officials about damage and pick up donated items such as food and hygiene products.

About 75 homes in Lake Station were affected by flooding. Gas service to about 30 customers remained shut off Tuesday, a NIPSCO spokeswoman said.

Along the Kankakee River, water levels remained at or near record highs as residents kept a watchful eye on levees. NIPSCO said 26 customers along Ramsey Road in Jasper County remained without gas service.

In Hobart, public works and parks department crews worked to clean up debris and pick up property damaged by floodwaters.

"Document, document, document," said Bob Fulton, assistant to Hobart's mayor. "Inventory what you've lost. Get pictures of it. Go to the website and fill out the form."

Homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations with uninsured damage caused by severe storms and flooding starting on or after Feb. 15 can report damage at

Residents who don't have access to computers should go to Lake County public library branches for help, Fulton said. 

Filling out the form will help emergency management officials determine the scale of damage and work with the federal government. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared an emergency for 22 counties, including Lake and Jasper, St. Joseph and Starke.