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On Tuesday, May 19th

several businesses in Downtown Delaware were hit hard with severe flooding, leaving their buildings and contents devastatingly damaged.

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As soon as the community caught wind of what was going on downtown, they showed up! Community members arrived on site to lend a helping hand as well as droves of cars full of cleaning supplies for donation.

“We nearly cried seeing our beautiful woodwork covered in a layer of muck. What we experienced today was made a little easier by the AMAZING response of our local community. Volunteers flooded in like the rain to help in any way they could. Cleaning, removing wet boxes, vacuuming. We are so appreciative of their generosity and the instant response of Main Street Delaware too!” – Chris Schobert, Owner at Olivina Taproom

“THANK YOU to the amazing amount of people who stopped by to offer their help and support, the Main Street volunteers and Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle. We felt the love. This is why Delaware Rocks!” – Joanne Meyer, Owner at The Backstretch

A few photos from Tuesday morning to show how truly severe the flooding was.

“Our saving Grace was the Delaware community that showed up in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin with the thank you’s that go out to Main Street Executive Director Susie Bibler, City Councilwoman Lisa Keller, Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, all showed up in boots and gloves, rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Not only did they dive in and get dirty with us, they put out a call to the whole community. And the community responded in ways that took me to my knees. The outpouring of help and concern was amazing. I would have posted a video of my sentiment and deep gratitude, but I wouldn’t have been able to get through it without sobbing. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for our city’s leaders, the incredible members of their families, church communities, my team who always ranks among the heroes who don’t wear capes, and the kind people who walked up and said they heard what happened and just couldn’t sit at home knowing how much help everyone downtown needed. Gallons of bleach, paper towels, mops, buckets, pizzas, cases of water, just started coming in one car after the other. Don’t ever doubt the depth of commitment and love of community held by our leadership. Thank you just isn’t enough. It’s not.” – Mel Clark, Owner at Honey & Abernathy

On top of everything our small businesses are going through because of COVID-19, dealing with a flood adds an enormous burden.

We have collected supplies, organized volunteers and moving forward the biggest need will be monetary donations for our businesses. 

Please consider making a donation to help these businesses replace their lost items that are essential to their operation. 100% of the funds donated to the Small Business Relief will be donated back to the businesses struggling during this time, and help them get back up and running! Thank you!

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