Many trailer park residents still waiting to return to homes

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Days after flood waters receded at the Shady Oaks Trailer Park in Millington, many residents are still homeless.

Hundreds of flood victims were forced to live in Red Cross shelters and have nowhere to go Thursday.

Mary Earhardt, a resident of the trailer park, said the flooding has caused all sorts of problems.

"I threw out a lot of stuff," Earhardt said.  "No beds, no couches or nothing like that.  Just a bunch of papers and pictures."

Some residents are now worried about health risks associated with the rising waters.  City Code Enforcement officers have recently checked the community for flood-related mold that can cause breathing problems.

Earhardt said her son's mobile home was one of those severely damaged.

"He had to tear his carpet and everything out," Earhardt said, "and his child is an asthmatic child."

Code Enforcement officials have not released a report on their findings yet.  However, FEMA is in the process of providing financial aid to over 60 residents who have been forced out of their homes and are still seeking emergency shelter.

Earhardt said the unfortunate tragedy is something residents will have to deal with.

"They have to either move or work with it," Earhardt said.

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