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Heavy rainfall hit the Lakeshore Estates mobile home park on Dec. 26, forcing an evacuation of the park.
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Sara Krummel (right) looks at the inside of her van at the Lakeshore Estates mobile home park on Dec. 30. Krummel’s van was stuck in the flood at the mobile park.
PONTOON BEACH — This is not what Ashley Granger had in mind.
The 15-year-old didn’t expect to spend her holiday break helping her family leave its mobile home in the Village Green neighborhood because of massive flooding. Under chilly conditions on Dec. 30, Granger, wearing a T-shirt and shorts, loaded up items in the family van.
The deluge of rain turned Village Green into a lake.
“This is sickening,” said Granger, who attends Coolidge Middle School.
All of the Village Green residents left their homes on Dec. 27. The day before, heavy rain fell throughout the Metro East and produced flooding, forcing the evacuation of Village Green.
“They made us leave,” said Ann Harris, Granger’s mother and a resident of the Village Green mobile park.
“We had to leave everything behind. They said we might be back here on Wednesday (Dec. 30). When they (the managers) said no, I said, ‘I’m not leaving our stuff here.’ There was nothing they could do. We had to wait until the water went down over the power line. I’m not losing our personal family items again.”
Harris said her family lost items in a house fire six years ago.
“I’m tired of natural causes,” she said. “I’d rather live on a hill somewhere.”
Harris and her family had to stay with her father after the evacuation.
“We’re taking stuff that’s important that we can’t replace in case something happens and we lose it again,” Harris said.
Granger said the flooding made her concerned about senior citizens living in the mobile home park on Lake Drive.
“You have elderly people out here that have to move in this,” she said.
Harris said her family has been living in the Village Green mobile home park for six years.
“It’s one level and my mom (Evonne) can get around,” Harris said. “It’s easier on her.”
The Lakeshore Estates and Mallard Lake mobile home parks also asked residents to leave.
On Dec. 30, Sara Krummel, a resident of Lakeshore Estates, had to get her van fixed after it got stuck in the flood.
“We were just leaving in the morning when I got to hear that we’re evacuating and we have to turn off the power,” said Krummel, who moved to Lakeshore Estates three months ago with her boyfriend. “I had to get my animals, so when I turned around to go get my animals, my car got stuck. It really sucks because I had to go to my dad’s funeral and I didn’t know how I was going to get my clothes out of there or anything. We were trying to go behind and jump the fence because that’s what I ended up having to do to get my animals. I jumped the fence to get in there to get them and walked through the water.”
Nameoki United Methodist Church became a shelter for 60 people.
“They needed showers because the church didn’t have any shower facilities,” said Donna Davis, a bus driver for the Granite City School District. “So we tried to get some help and call different people. It ended up that I called the YMCA (in Granite City) and the Y had them come down there and take showers and I called the school bus here in Granite City and talked to Pat Kuhlman, the manager. She arranged for a bus to pick them up at the church and take them to the Y for showers. Then I called Walmart and the Red Cross, which was also helping the church, which had to get in touch with Walmart as well. They provided them with towels and wash rags and different things.”