Sunday’s flood destroyed homes, 50 people in a shelter another night

Memphis, Tenn. — Flood water left no mercy in a Whitehaven mobile home park forcing dozens of families to spend another night in a shelter.

More than 50 people slept in the Hickory Hill Community Center. The Red Cross set up the shelter and offered food to families who lost their homes and everything inside to Sunday’s flood.

“Just so much rain and not any way for the water to get away,” said Kevin Hutcherson, who lost his home.

As people in Wheel Estate Mobile Home Park tried to salvage what they could Monday, some weren’t so lucky.

Code Enforcement assessed the damage condemning some homes mostly along Nonconnah Creek.

“I think about 100 to 125 people just in this area [Wheel Estate] were displaced,” said Hutcherson.

As water dried, you could see the flood ripped floors apart and kicked furniture to the curb.

WREG is told this is the worst flood damage the mobile home park has seen in 40 years.

Fifteen homes are said to be a total loss, and another 15 received major damage.

Hutcherson said he will have to tear down his home, and “Tow it away. Scrap it out. There’s no repairing it.”

Most people who live in the park said they don’t have insurance, so it will be hard starting over.

The Red Cross said it will bring in more case workers Tuesday to work with families who need to find new places to live.

The good news: people have reached out to WREG on Twitter and offered furniture and supplies to displaced families.

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