Havens said the storm Friday caused almost flash flood conditions because the water rose and receded so quickly.
“From the homes I’ve visited, the damage is more widespread than you would think,” he said. “There are people in need of assistance. Without that assistance, many of those people won’t be able to move back into their homes.
“In the southwest portion of the city there are some hardships there,” Havens said.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is in Tipton conducting preliminary damage assessments.
“We will get some assistance,” Havens said. “We don’t know the amount or how those funds can be used.”
Chuck Bell, director of the Tipton County Emergency Management Agency, said the community has pulled together.
He said donations are being accepted at the Rock Prairie Church, 421 N. Ash St., to aid those people who need help.
“We’re trying to assess the needs,” Bell said. “People in the south part of the city lost everything.”