MGP, SDHS Football Team Lend A Hand In Flooding Aurora

Posted On February 24, 2018

Press release from City of Aurora

Members of the South Dearborn High School football team volunteered to fill sand bags for use by Aurora residents and businesses. Photo provided.

(Aurora, Ind.) – On February 23, the City of Aurora received Emergency Flood Relief Donation Funds  from MGP Distillery of Lawrenceburg.

MGP Plant Manager Mike Templin stated “On behalf of all of our employees, MGP is pleased to present the enclosed check in the amount of $25,000.00 to the City of Aurora, Indiana, to help provide relief from the effects of recent flooding within the community. The people at our Lawrenceburg distillery are proud to be part of Dearborn County’s heritage, and honored to be in a position to provide assistance to our neighbors in need. Our contribution to the City of Aurora symbolizes our support and appreciation as a community partner.”

Funds received will be used towards the city parks including Lesko Park, the Dearborn Trail in Aurora, the City Park, Waterways Park, and ball fields along US 50, as well as, maintenance on the AFD Fire Engine Truck Pumpers used for clean up during flood events.

Pictured are MGP Distillery of Lawrenceburg Plant Manager Mike Templin, MGP reps Pam Soule and Tim Dyer, City Councilman Mark Drury, City Manager Guinevere Emery, AFD Chief Jeff Lane, Street Superintendent Deb Peters, SDCSC Superintendent Dr. John Merkle, SDHS Assistant Principal Curt Borntrager along with crews from AFD, Street Dept. and SDHS volunteers.

Employees of MGP Distillery of Indiana deliver a donation to City of Aurora officials. Photo provided.

A call for volunteers for community assistance with sand bag preparation and to assist property owners moving items to higher ground had SDCSC administration and students immediately spring into action.  Within one hour many High School students and HS Assistant Principal Curt Borntrager  were on location in downtown Aurora assisting property owners, the Aurora Fraternal Order of Eagles, local businesses and residents to prepare for and address flooding issues.  2nd picture is the South Dearborn High School Football team assisting to fill emergency sand bags for property owners to protect entryways.  These young community leaders made quite an impact and their time and efforts were greatly appreciated.  Many student volunteers from SDCSC who assisted in the ‘97 Flood cleanup efforts still recall that experience today.  More SDHS Football Team members were on site 2-24-18 to assist with the Aurora Lions, local businesses and the Aurora Street Department with equipment relocation.

Neighbors helping neighbors regionally.  A sincere thank you to DJ’s Bakery and Aurora Subway having donated baked goods, drinks and lunch for these handy helpers and the Aurora Fire Department.  The cities of Greendale and Lawrenceburg and the Town of Dillsboro immediately reached out to lend their support.  Fire Departments from Milan, Manchester and Moores Hill were also on hand. 

The City of Aurora has set up a second Emergency Sand Bag Fill Station for area businesses and property owners in Aurora at 210 Center Street, Aurora IN. Sand bags are available now with shovels, sand bags and sand are available on a first come – first serve basis.  Dearborn County Emergency Management has additional sand bags available if needed.

Those interested in emergency volunteer cleanup efforts following the flood water level receding please contact Aurora City Manager at gemery@aurora.in.us or 513-505-7647.