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The Goshen Fire Department will test the tornado sirens Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. as part of the Statewide Tornado Drill. The annual Indiana Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week runs from March 18 through March 24 this year.

As part of NWS efforts to build a Weather Ready Nation, the goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs. Each day will focus on a different topic.

Learn more about everyone’s role in the warning process by clicking here.


Kercher Road (CR 38) will have a moving lane restriction between the Norfolk Southern Marion railroad line and the Kercher bridge over the Elkhart River. The lane restriction is required for the placement of topsoil behind the new curb.

The lane restriction begins today Monday, March 19 and will continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.


Goshen City Cemeteries announces that its annual spring cleanup will occur Monday to Friday, April 2-6, 2018. This will include Violett, Oakridge and West Goshen cemeteries. Items likely to be removed during spring clean-up include silk flowers, broken items, old flags, old frames & wires, glass items, and seasonal items. Please note that glass decorations and stone mulch are prohibited. Cemetery patrons that are concerned about their grave decorations are encouraged to remove them before the clean-up begins. Decorations may be put back beginning Saturday, April 7. Decoration guidelines available at the cemetery office.

Applications now being accepted for 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program

The City of Goshen is now accepting applications for its 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program.

The grant program was created to assist Goshen homeowners recovering from the Feb. 21, 2018 flood. Homeowners whose property was damaged can apply for one of two types of grants: repair grants or reimbursement grants. Funding for both grants will be limited to $2,500 per applicant. The deadline to submit an application is July 1, 2018.

“We hope this program will provide relief to people whose homes were damaged by the flood. Even if the grants don’t cover all costs, this program can help bring homes to safe and habitable condition,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said.

A number of factors will be reviewed in the applications in order for a homeowner to qualify for a grant, including:

  • The property must be owner-occupied.
  • The property must be located within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Goshen.
  • The property must have been damaged due to the 2018 flood event.
  • Approval for properties within the designated floodplain must be approved by the floodplain administrator.

A committee composed of community members appointed by the Mayor will review cases that may be under extenuating circumstances. The five voting members are:

  • Scott McKee (Goshen Hospital) – Chair
  • Major Tim Sell (Salvation Army)
  • Bill Reith (United Way)
  • Cathie Cripe (Past School Board Member)
  • Aracelia Manriquez (Local Business Owner)

Non-voting members are:

  • Julia King (Council Liaison)
  • A representative from the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office
  • Becky Hershberger (Community Development)

The City of Goshen and LaCasa, Inc. have partnered to provide assistance to eligible property owners to restore their homes with permanent repairs. Acting as general contractor, LaCasa will oversee each individual project to ensure it is properly done. LaCasa will assess damage, develop a scope of work, solicit bids, schedule and ensure completion of the project.

“LaCasa will be there to guide homeowners in every step of the restoration process,” Brownfield Coordinator Becky Hershberger said. “Having someone to answer your questions and walk you through the project is a very valuable resource for homeowners who need assistance.”

To learn more about the 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program, to download a copy of the application for a grant or to donate to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund, go to You can also find copies of the application at City Hall, at the Building Department in the Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St., at the Utilities Office, 203 S. Fifth St., or the Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St.

For questions related to the program, contact Carla Newcomer at 533.6805 (si tiene preguntas en español, contacte a Sharon Hernandez al 537.3883).

The program is funded by the generous donations from the community through the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund donation line. Funds are being collected and will be matched up to $100,000 by the City Council. As of Wednesday, March 14, the program’s account had more than $36,000 between donations and the city’s matching funds.

To donate, go to and click on the donate button, or make a check to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund and mail or drop it off at Goshen City Hall, 202 S. 5th St., or any Interra Credit Union Branch.


This month, there will be an additional Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, March 17. Household hazardous waste may be dropped off at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility, free of charge, and sponsored by Elkhart County Waste Management.

  • When: Saturday March 17th – 8am to 3pm
  • Where: Elkhart County Correctional Facility near intersection of CR26 and CR7. Enter off of CR7

Acceptable materials include flammable liquids, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, household cleaners, medications, sharps, florescent bulbs, oil based paints and aerosol cans. Latex Paint is not accepted, this should be allowed to dry and then it can be disposed of with the regular trash. Material should be in original labeled containers, if possible, and no containers larger than 40 lbs. or 5 gallons will be accepted.

For questions or more information, please contact John E. Bowers, Director of Solid Waste at the Elkhart County Landfill by emailing or calling 255.2581.


Residents affected by severe weather and flooding in Indiana will have convenient access to assistance, as the State of Indiana opens state assistance centers in Northern Indiana.
A one-stop disaster center will open the week of Monday, March 5.

  • Elkhart County: 608 Oakland Drive, Elkhart Indiana 46516
    • Open Monday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m.
    • Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross (ARC) and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will be on site to deliver basic necessities for those needing food, water or clothing and other essential items.

State agencies will have representatives on site to provide immediate assistance and answer questions for those who have suffered a loss, including the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Department of Insurance (DOI), Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) will be providing additional support.

These state services will be available:

  • Housing Support – Listing of emergency shelters; listing of temporary housing; emergency housing and short-term rental assistance.
  • Social Services – Replacement and emergency food stamps; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit cards; listing of available child care providers; mental health service referrals; mobile feeding; Red Cross and Salvation Army case work; health coverage application assistance.
  • Unemployment Insurance – Apply for state unemployment benefits or Disaster Unemployment Insurance.
  • Insurance Information – Interpretation of insurance policies by staff of the Indiana Department of Insurance; information on lost or damaged policies; information on obtaining copies of insurance policies; general insurance navigation advice and complaint resolution; car insurance assistance.
  • Public Health Information – Clean up advice and education including mold removal and prevention; vaccination information, including tetanus shots; information regarding free well water testing; access and information to vital records such as birth and death certificates.
  • Transportation Assistance – Vehicle title and registration replacement or apply for a salvage vehicle title via the BMV; replacement of driver licenses and identification cards.
  • Agriculture – Representatives will be available to connect land owners and farmers to various local, State and federal assistance programs; erosion control mitigation and assistance-technical and possible financial assistance form BMP installation; logjam and agricultural field debris removal assistance; documentation and repair of damaged, existing conservation practices/structures; mapping/GIS support; damage surveys and documentation; support for animal and livestock issues.

Please note that some services and resources may be limited and may not always be available.


The Goshen Parks and Recreation Department Office has relocated from City Hall to Rieth Interpretive Center, 410 W. Plymouth Ave. (across Plymouth Ave. from Shanklin Park).

Beginning Thursday, March 8 please visit the Parks staff at the Rieth Interpretive Center for you customer service needs. The Parks and Recreation office is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can reach them by calling 534.2901.


The City of Goshen will be lowering the Millrace Canal in order to perform bridge inspections. The bridge inspections are a part of routine inspections but have also been expanded to include any flood related damages to City maintained bridges.

The City maintains all pedestrian bridges and vehicular bridges that do not span more than 20 feet. The County maintains the vehicular bridges that span larger than 20 feet.

The inspections will be done Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7. The millrace canal takes a few days to lower and then is gradually raised. Thank you for your cooperation as we do this important task.


Volunteers coordinated by Maple City Chapel are offering to help pump out water from homes affected by the flood free of charge. For assistance, please call Maple City Chapel at 533-0327.

Volunteers seeking to help out can also call Maple City Chapel or go to to fill out a form with how you are interested in volunteering.