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Last Year's Flooded Trailers Remain Abandoned

Abandoned, unsafe, and under fire is how many mobile home parks still look like now after massive floods hit Shelby County a year ago.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Abandoned, unsafe, and under fire is how many mobile park homes still look like now after massive floods hit Shelby County a year ago.

Countryview Mobile Home Park off of Old Millington Road had four fires set inside empty trailers.

Memphis Mobile City Park, located on U.S. Highway 51 North near Watkins Street, has flooded 2 years in a row: in 2010 and 2011. Last year more than 150 mobile homes flooded. No one lives there now and even the leasing office is boarded up. Nearly 30 families have filed a class action lawsuit against the park's owners claiming they were never told they were living in a flood plain. The case is pending and it's been an uphill battle.

"They have not settled or done anything other than to respond to move for dismissal,” said the flood victims’ attorney, Charles Blatteis, in December.

Countryview Mobile Home Park was also hit in last year's floods. "Do Not Enter" and "Private Property" signs haven't stopped vandals. Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland believes arsonists were behind recent trailer fires.

Nothing has been repaired because park owners have to abide by new county standards to reopen. The Shelby County Public Works director says the land has to be raised at least 2 feet above the flood plain for that to happen.

Kingsway Green is another mobile park that flooded. It is in the 4200 block of North Watkins in Shelby County. Owners plan to transform it into an RV park, which means no permanent residents. Shelby County Commissioners approved the change this week. Part of the work to get the park back to code will be paid for by FEMA.

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