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June 28, 2010 06:04 PM

Brookings Mobile Home Park Deals With Flooding

Brookings, SD


Water was already surrounding Amber Towers' home before Saturday's rain made it even worse.


"I've been dealing with this for several weeks and no one has come to fix anything. There's a drain right in front of my house, you can't see it now but it's not working," Towers said.

Leaving knee-deep water between dry land and her front door.

"I won't have to take my shoes off to get into my house every time. Take my clothes off, my socks off because that's what i have to do to get in and out of my house," Towers said.

While the water isn't inside her home, it's up to the base of it and is still doing damage.

"Every single piece of wood in my home is bending and turning because of the moisture and underneath on my skirting, I have insulation and it's molding over so it's going to mold up and I'll have to rip it all out just so it won't mold up on the inside of the trailer," Towers said.

The water isn't just sitting in the front of the home, it's also in the backyard too. And it's causing many problems.

"I have maggots growing in my shed at least 100, maybe a million in my shed. My entire art supplies, my art work is all ruined. Everything is ruined," Towers said.

But what she's worried about most is her family, especially her one-and-a-half year old son. 

"If he falls and trips into the water he wouldn't know how to get back up on his own so he will die if this water continues to stand here," Towers said.

With her husband in Afghanistan and three kids to take care of, this isn't what she needs right now.

"I don't even want to live here anymore with the way it is," Towers said.

Towers called the landlord and the owner of the mobile home court. She says neither have done anything to help her.

We called the owner of Western Estates. He says they're working with a construction company to find a way to move the water out of that area.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

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