Niles residents wary of more rain, flooding

Niles residents worried about flooding

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A trailer park community in Niles was damaged earlier this week in a flood after heavy rain.

The fire department made some residents evacuate because of the high water and neighbors on Friday said they are already packing their bags ahead of a predicted rain storm on Saturday.

“This is a nasty problem and I feel because of our income level and where we’re at, people don’t take us seriously,” Buckeye Trailer Park resident Kathy Barbe said.

Residents are frustrated with the flooding and have called government officials and organizations for help. Barbe said she is not getting any answers.

“I have been very depressed for a couple weeks. I can’t do anything. I have called the mayor’s office three times. I called FEMA, LEMA, I have called everybody that I know,” Barbe said.

As they prepare for Saturday’s rain, some don’t see any other option but to leave their homes for the weekend.

“We have to pack up and go to a motel room again or to family because we don’t want to be here when the water comes up,” Barbe said.

The property manager said the Agency for Aging does help the elderly in the neighborhood, but there is not much help for others. Barbe does not think that is fair.

“We pay what we can afford. I feel that some people feel that we are not worth it to fix the problem here. This is total devastation for me,” Barbe said.

Neighbors believe a nearby creek that’s not being taken care of is causing the flooding. It is a problem residents will be faced with again if more heavy rains come.

“I think I am just going to move and I have been here eight years,” Debra Hayes said.

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