Clearing Up Trailer Parks After Flooding

By MIke Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 13, 2006 at 9:40 PM EDT

Missing doors and windows, trailers at the Endwell Mobile Home Park sit vacant.

23 families lived here before June's flood, but Town of Union code enforcement says the trailers are unsafe, and must be torn down.

"It was a peaceful little community right here, and now it's gone and I'm in another trailer park. I'd rather be here. This was home," says Philip Wilcox of the Town of Union.

The park's owner says the trailers will be cleared out by the weeks end.

While the Endwell Mobile Home Park will be torn down soon, other mobile home parks in Broome County have already been cleared out, because flood damage was just too much for families to move back in.

Flooding forced 36 families out of their homes at the mobile home park on Conklin Road in Conklin

Trailers there were torn down two weeks ago.

All that remains is empty lots, and a car without wheels.

"The trailers actually were not safe for people to be in. That was decided right after the flood when code and FEMA went through," says Conklin Town Supervisor Deborah Preston.

Meadows trailer park in Kirkwood was cleared out in September, but debris still remains.

Town of Kirkwood supervisor Gordon Kniffen says it will be cleaned up by the end of the year.

Kniffen says the park's owner told him there are no plans to build a new trailer park there.

The owners of the other two parks aren't sure what they'll do with their vacant lots.

Broome County will hire a contractor to clear out the mobile home park in Endwell.

It did the same for Kirkwood and Conklin.

In all three cases, FEMA reimburses the county for the costs.

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