Bloomington Greenhouse Opens After Flooding

(BLOOMINGTON) – Clean up efforts are underway at Mays Greenhouse, located on Bloomington’s south side, after high water rushed through some of its greenhouses and destroyed hundreds of plants.

Photo courtesy Mays Greenhouse
The business at 6280 S. Old State Road 37 has operated next to the banks of Clear Creek for more than 50 years. One owner Jason Fulton said he remembers a flood in 2008 that forced the business to close, but it wasn’t like last week’s flood that started on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Photo courtesy Mays Greenhouse
Photo courtesy Mays Greenhouse
According to the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency office, the county had 6.7 inches of rain between Thursday and Friday of last week
Photo courtesy Mays Greenhouse
Fulton said the creek started causing damages around noon.
The business took a few dozen photos of the damage. They show standing water with floating plants in greenhouses, more standing water under computer desks in the office, and even a semi-trailer knocked over due to the power of the water.
Fulton thought the flood might have caused the business to stay closed for at least a week. Yesterday, it had enough areas put back in order to get customers back into some places.
They will host a volunteer day Tuesday, so if you are interested in helping call the greenhouse or message them on Facebook with your contact information. Tasks would include potting, straightening and cleaning retail items, leveling out gravel, among other tasks. If you are unable to contribute time but still want to help, they have set up a GoFundMe page.
Monroe County residents and businesses are encouraged to report flood damage. Residents may complete a report of the damage at under the “Recent News” section or leave their contact information at (812) 349-2997. The county could become eligible for flood relief if it meets certain criteria.