Flood victim seeks payment; commissioners say they're not at fault

GREENFIELD — County commissioners wanted to help  a man whose home and rental property were flooded last December, but they couldn’t bring themselves to spend taxpayer money on what they say probably isn’t a public problem to begin with.

Commissioners on Tuesday listened to a lengthy plea from J.W. Blankenship, who owns a home and workshop at 1944 N. CR 600W. He asked the commissioners for $414,000 for damages to his property.

Blankenship says the construction of a new bridge is at fault, and while the discussion was certainly cordial, commissioners said ultimately government money shouldn’t be spent.

The site, on the southwest corner of CRs 200N and 600W, was flooded in December when Buck Creek and many streams throughout the county overflowed because of rain and melted snow.

Blankenship said three sides of his home were surrounded by water that day, and his workshop was covered in 45 inches of water.

The workshop is rented to a cabinet and countertop contractor, and Blankenship said the renter is not renewing his contract because of the damages. That’s income Blankenship won’t be making, he points out.

“I don’t want to weary you with this – I’m just asking for help,” Blankenship said.

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