Metro-East News

Flooding forces mobile home residents near Granite City to evacuate

A portion of a mobile home neighborhood near Granite City was evacuated Monday as flood water threatened their property and caused utilities to be shut off. Officials were monitoring the situation Thursday as more rain accumulated in the area.

Mary Kate Brown, deputy director of Madison County EMA, said Ameren Illinois employees came and shut off the electric and gas services to a portion of the Lake Shore Estates, located at Interstate 270 and Chain of Rocks Road, after water had covered the tower station boxes.

“And because they cut the utilities we made the decision ... that we were going to evacuate the people,” she said.

During that evacuation, Brown said, about 25 people were bussed from their Lake Shore Estates homes to a Red Cross shelter in Granite City.

She said as of Wednesday night, nine of the 25 evacuees were staying at the shelter — she imagined most people were boarding with family and friends.

As for the rest of the park, residents such as Tiffany Kerley, said she was watching the water levels.

“Yesterday (the water) went down and then now it’s coming back up to the same that it was Monday,” Kerley said. “So, the front of my trailer I can’t get to and I have to go through the back.”

Kerley said she works at LaQuinta and said the hotel is offering flood victims cheaper rates. She added that her mother is her closest relative but she lives an hour and 45 minute drive away.

Brown noted that the almost knee-high water is not high enough to cause damage to the inside of the homes, but the bottom of the trailers may sustain some damage.

As for more evacuations in the area, Brown said they continue to keep a close eye on the rain.

“We’ve been in contact with the fire chief, Joseph Lee, and he has been monitoring that satiation with the people at the mobile home park,” Brown said. “And we have everybody staged and ready to go ... should we need to put more residents on the bus to evacuate that area. We are all ready to go if we need to, hopefully we don’t have to, but with all this extra rain, we will see.”