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Manufactured Home Community Dealing With Serious Flooding

May 19th, 2017 Comments off
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A view of the flooding in the Riviera Estates community. Credit: KBOI.

In Eagle, Idaho, residents at the Riviera Estates community are dealing with, floodwaters, and looking for answers.

According to KBOI, more residents were forced to evacuate yesterday due to floodwaters, which began on Wednesday. Initial flooding of two to three feet has now spread several more feet, and county officials still are uncertain as to where the water is coming from.

The Eagle Fire Department has been on site at Riviera Estates since Wednesday working to pump water out of the community’s shed pumps, which provide potable water to residents.

The community is also on a septic tank system, and both the Eagle Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s office have asked residents to limit their use of the system. Officials are concerned that any standing water could be contaminated.

And that concern has residents leaving, and taking their things with them.

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A resident waits for assistance. Credit: KBOI.

They’re going to still have to release more water, more water means deeper flood water,” said J.R. Schooley, who is working with a family to move out of the community.

Deeper flood water means there’s a point where you can’t get out of here and that’s what we worry about the most, you get to a point where it’s two, three feet deep.”

While there is no mandatory evacuation in place, the sheriff’s office visited each home and strongly encouraged residents to leave.

Eagle Police say nine people were forced to stay in a Red Cross shelter or with family members last night.

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Credit: KBOI.

The Daily Business News will continue to follow this story and provide updates.

For more on manufactured home communities dealing with the effects of flooding, including those at the Balls Ferry Fishing Resort and Mobile Home Park in Anderson, California, click here. ##

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Vandalism Affects Manufactured Home Community

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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A water tank for the community. Credit: TribLive.

When vandalism hits, it’s never good. But when it affects a vital system, it can be extremely dangerous.

According to TribLive, in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania, residents at the Pine View Manor Mobile Home Park are now dealing with a tainted water supply due to an unknown substance being dumped into a water tower that serves the community.

But, the vandalism doesn’t seem to be the only problem.

I was surprised to hear about the vandalism,” said resident Destiny Kibe.

But I’m used to drinking bottled water. I’ve never trusted the water supply here.

Kibe didn’t learn the water tower had been vandalized until the Red Cross arrived on her porch with two cases of bottled water, but she wasn’t completely surprised to hear about the problem.

The water here is always messed up. It happens all the time here,” said Kibe.

State police are on the hunt for suspects, and the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ruled the water is safe to use. A pre-existing boil water advisory remains in effect.

A statement from the DEP says that testing found a higher than normal level of chlorine in the water from the tower, but it was still within acceptable standards.

The tower is privately owned and operated, and only supplies water to the Pine View Manor community.

 

An Interesting Twist

The boil water advisory was unrelated to the actual vandalism. Residents say that they received notice a month ago, advising them to boil their water before drinking due to inadequate disinfection levels.

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Community Manager Willam Greenawalt delivers bottled water. Credit: WTAE.

I moved in in January and noticed that the water smelled like sulfur,” said resident Andrea Ohler.

In addition to the water deliveries by the Red Cross, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County supplied a large tank of safe water.

Ohler says that she doesn’t trust the tap water in the community, and that water service was shut off at her home for a few hours on Sunday. After that, she noticed that the water in her toilet was turning black.

I called my landlord to ask what had happened but didn’t get a response. I found out by watching the news Sunday evening,” said Ohler.

Now I’m afraid to use it at all. I took my kids to a relative’s house to shower.

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Repairs being made to the water tower area. Credit: WTAE.

Community manager William Greenawalt says that he has been working with the DEP to fix the situation.

We plan to build a fence around the pump house, where water treatment chemicals are kept,” said Greenawalt. He also mentioned that the water problems were a minor issue.

That was just, the chemicals weren’t strong enough,” said Greenawalt.

Police say that suspects in the case could be charged with attempted homicide. ##

 

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Delaware Awards Scholarships to MH Residents

September 20th, 2011 Comments off

First State Manufactured Housing Association of Delaware announces the winners of its Manufactured Housing Scholarship Award for 2011. Jennifer Lauren Ashwell is a 2011 graduate of Sussex Central High School, and she will be majoring in communications at Notre Dame of Maryland University in the fall. She will be seeking a career in broadcast journalism, having worked on the school’s morning TV show. Joseph Parish is currently in his second year at Cappella University, studying emergency management. He is looking forward to working with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency upon graduation. He has volunteered with the Red Cross doing emergency management. The two recipients will share the $1500 scholarship money. First State MHA has distributed $30,000 in scholarships since 1999. To qualify, students must reside in a manufactured home in Delaware for at least one year prior to their application. Applicants are also judged on scholastic achievement, financial need, essay, and personal recommendations.

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FEMA Begins Placing Joplin Tornado Survivors in MH Homes

July 11th, 2011 Comments off

The Joplin Globe reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is placing 43 of their homes in Country Acres Mobile Home Community for homeless survivors of the May 22 tornado.  There are already 186 homes, and acreage is available to develop 30 more if needed.  One of the first families to move out of a Red Cross shelter moved into a three-bedroom modular unit at Country Acres.  The home is equipped with weather radios and smoke alarms, and there is an underground storm shelter just steps away.  FEMA housing specialist Pam Willis says 500 other families have housing needs, and there are currently another 140 sites available.  She says city officials have identified other sites that could be developed, and FEMA will continue to supply the needed housing to those who qualify.  In a July 5 story, we wrote about contracts being let to construct two manufactured home communities for tornado survivors near the airport.

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