Over the weekend, there were many Knox residents who pitched in to help keep flood waters at bay and Mayor Dennis Estok extended his gratitude to those dedicated individuals during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The mayor said, “That just goes to show us that we might be a small community, but we’re a strong community when people need help and that was very evident Saturday night, if you would have seen the operation it was something to see, so I want to thank everybody for helping us out.”
One group he highlighted was the Hamlet Boy Scout Den #235. He explained that a representative from the organization had called the Mayor’s office to see how they could help out during the time of need. Saturday morning, they were asked to provide assistance at Knox City Hall with filling and loading sandbags for an elderly couple.
Mayor Estok said the Boy Scouts and their families came down to help and did a very good job. He said not only was it a great learning opportunity for the young men, but it was also a noticeably rewarding experience for them as well.
Estok added that Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin also helped out by bringing more than 15 inmates down to assist with preparing and loading sandbags.
Additionally, the mayor recognized a number of volunteers also helped out with preparing Allen Drive for the flood waters. Mayor Estok explained that since the street was anticipated to be affected by the river surge, many members of the community helped fill and deliver and stack sandbags for the area.
The mayor also thanked Fire Chief Kenny Pfost and the members of his department for all the work they did over the weekend assisting with flood relief efforts.