Abandoned trailers removed from flood-ravaged Lake Station mobile home park

2012-07-08T19:45:00Z 2012-07-10T00:40:08Z Abandoned trailers removed from flood-ravaged Lake Station mobile home parkBy Deborah Laverty deboah.laverty@nwi.com (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | All the trailers have been removed from the abandoned, flood-ravaged Riverside Mobile Home property.

The mobile home park's manager hired an outside contractor for the cleanup, but Lake Station officials say there's more work to be done.

"Our next goal is to get the area mowed and debris hauled away," Mayor Keith Soderquist said.

City officials have been insisting for several months on the cleanup at the mobile home park, 3601 E. 29th Ave., which is in an area that has flooded at least five times in recent years — including in September 2008.

Earlier this spring the remaining abandoned, burned-out trailers at the park had been stripped of aluminum siding by scrappers, Soderquist said.

"But one day it will be a nice green space we can all enjoy," Soderquist said.

The mayor said he was just months into office in 2008 when he learned the city was a recipient of a grant to acquire the mobile home property.

The city is waiting to receive the $500,000 grant awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We're still on track and should know this month going into August about the grant," Soderquist said.

The city has gone through required procedure, including holding a public hearing to receive input from residents last fall.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials in October conducted the public hearing to find out what residents want once the site is acquired by the city.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Janet Crider said the city can use the grant to buy the land, demolish abandoned trailers and turn the property into recreational green space. That's because the trailer park is in a repetitive flooding area, Crider said.

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