Flood victims struggle to clean up

Flood victims struggle to clean up

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Residents clean up after flood (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Residents clean up after flood (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Five days after flood waters damaged a Mid-South mobile home park, residents are spending the holiday in a Red Cross shelter.

Seventeen people from the Wheel Estate Mobile home community are still unable to go home, but the property owner Wallace Madewell is determined to get their lives back to normal.

Alberto Bolanos is cleaning up; most of what was in his home wound up in the trash. The memories and essentials he managed to salvage are still drying out from flood waters.

Yermi Cinto spoke to WMC Action News 5 on behalf of his uncle who was forced out due to flooding Sunday night.

"They got out and they couldn't save anything cause it happened too fast," said Cinto.

Madewell says they are trying to find temporary units until flood damaged homes can be repaired.

"It's been horrible," noted Madewell. "I've got inquiries into middle Tennessee to rent units that they can bring in drive on site."

Despite damage, the flood wasn't a big enough disaster for residents who need basic supplies like bedding, clothing and furniture to receive funds from FEMA.

"It's frustrating, very frustrating," said Madewell. "We need some heavy fans to help blow out from under these homes to get them dry. There are things of that nature that would really help us a lot."

The property owner worries that help will dry up over the holiday weekend.

"We've got people that have got needs right now, so we're here trying to help them and we're going to be here all weekend with them to do what we can to relive their suffering."

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