New Stanton mobile home park flooded
Jack Chambers looked at his mobile home in New Stanton on Monday afternoon, surrounded by close to 6 feet of muddy water from nearby Sewickley Creek and runoff from Interstate 70, and shook his head in disgust.
“Where do I go? Nowhere. I’m homeless,” Chambers said as he surveyed the flooding at the Suburban Manufactured Home Park.
Compounding his problems was that his pickup was sitting in a flooded field, with water up to its hood, giving Chambers little hope that it could be salvaged.
About 10 mobile homes had water lapping at their metal skirts or soaking the flooring late Monday afternoon. Those whose homes were flooded were looking for assistance from the American Red Cross, which might help them with a stay in a local motel for a few days.
The mobile home park off Suburban Court sits about 15 feet above the normal level of Sewickley Creek, several residents said. They experienced flooding around midnight Sunday when runoff from the highway flooded the field at a time when the creek had not overflowed its banks.
Chambers’ fiance, Romayne Palumbo, was waiting for the water to recede so she could get back into her home and assess the damage.
Several residents whose mobile homes were flooded said they do not have flood insurance.
Another mobile home resident, Jason Hall, was more optimistic about the future.
“I think it will be all right. I’ll let it dry out. I’ll wash the hardwood floor and wait to turn the electricity back on,” Hall said.
Hall’s mobile home is closest to Sewickley Creek and said he thought they were spared when the water receded from the field at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. But another round of heavy rain pushed the creek over its banks, and the runoff combined to create more flooding. Hall, his wife and three young children left for a motel in the middle of the night when the water started surrounding their home.
Sue Showman of New Stanton, a former resident who recently sold her mobile home at the park, was living there when Hurricane Agnes flooded the region in June 1972 and said it was worse then.
“It’s been bad before,” Showman said.
A few mobile homes along an embankment close to the road were spared from any flood waters.
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or [email protected]