Bloomington businesses continue cleanup after Friday night flooding

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Businesses along Kirkwood Avenue continued to clean and sanitize long after the flood waters receded on Saturday. Most customers served on Saturdays, but Kilroy’s on Kirkwood was still closed.

Owner Kevin Fitzpatrick said he hopes to reopen on Tuesday. Fitzpatrick described the rising waters as “frightening and swift” outside Kilroy’s, and it ultimately forced its entry.

“Fortunately, we took all of our clients to the second floor, kept them there until the water calmed down, and then sent them home,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick described testimony regarding the circumstances of the flooding.

“People think they can go through that, they think they can go through flood water, they just can’t,” Fitzpatrick said. “Cars literally floated along Kirkwood Avenue.”

Keith Stacey works at Jimmy John’s, far from Kilroy’s.

“It was pretty bad,” Stacey said. “There were a few cars floating, or on the street, on Kirkwood.”

Stacey and her colleagues had to close the store earlier due to a power outage, then high water forced them to stay inside. But at least they were safe.

“People were just walking in waist-deep water which isn’t safe when it’s like a flash flood like that because you could so easily get swept away and drown,” said Stacey.

After having had a tough year for everyone, Deputy Mayor Donald Griffin Jr. said even floodwaters couldn’t drown the resilience of this community.

“We’ve been through COVID, we’ve been through these crazy cicadas and now we’ve been through flooding, but people are still operating with a smile on their face and working hand in hand,” Griffin said.

The city said it hopes the streets will be cleaned in a few days.


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