WOODBURN, Ind. (21Alive) -- Simply put, this is a mess. What started out as flooding over the weekend has now frozen, leaving residents in this mobile home court in Woodburn absolutely stranded.
"I can't even get to my work because of this and I don't really know what else to do. It's pretty much tough," says resident Misty Tracy.
Tracy lives in one of the 65 trailers here.
And like just about everyone else, she can't get out.
The creek running along the Woodburn Road mobile home court froze over, forcing water that was supposed to drain into it, onto the roads in the trailer park cutting residents off.
"We got elderly people in here that can't get in and out of their homes because they can't walk through the snow or over the ice, in case they fall or something. So hopefully we get something done shortly, to where this water will recede and we can get people back into their homes again," says trailer park manager Steve Ruppert.
Woodburn Mayor Richard Hoeppner called in heavy equipment to dig snow dams out of the creek ditch north of the trailer court.
He's hoping now that pumps are forcing water downstream, flowing out of the storm lines and into the creek bed, the water will drain off the streets.
"You can only pump water so far and you can't pump as fast as you can flow. We could have pumped all yesterday afternoon and you might have dropped it two inches. And you'd had to pump it a half a mile if you wanted to pump it anyways, otherwise it's coming right back in the same ditch that's dammed up,” Hoeppner says.
It's going to take a combination of temperatures rising and waters receding before the residents in this mobile home park will be going anywhere anytime soon.
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