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Published: Monday, 2/24/2014 - Updated: 5 months ago

Melting snow, rains cause Perrysburg Township mobile home park to flood

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Village Green mobile park owner Kyle Galton is pumping water from the park to a field across the street. Village Green mobile park owner Kyle Galton is pumping water from the park to a field across the street.
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Streets have more than a foot of standing water in some areas of a mobile home park in Perrysburg Township.

Some residents of the Village Green Mobile Home Park have parked their cars at the entrance, off of Reitz Road between Tracy and Ault road, because the the ground is higher there and has no standing water unlike the deep water that has flooded most of the streets.

Kyle Galton, a owner and manager for the park, said the ditches are full and the water has no where to go. The inside of the mobile homes have not flooded, Mr. Galton said. The 170 homes in the subdivision are about 20 inches above ground, keeping them dry. Still, getting to and from cars or walking to the front of the park is challenging.

Mr. Galton had high-water boots on Monday as he pumped water out of the mobile home park and into the field across the street. Pumping helped, but the streets will be flooded until the ditch clears, he said.

"It's pretty frustrating because my wife has important mail and we can't check it because I can't get to it," resident Clarence Dazey said. "There is no where to go, they're hoping to get it down to where it is manageable."

Flooding has made it difficult for residents of Village Green. Flooding has made it difficult for residents of Village Green.
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He said the water and ice has made it difficult for children to get to the entrance to catch their school bus.

Some vehicles drove through the high standing water in the streets. Mr. Galton said in the back of the park the water is about a foot and a half deep.

"We've asked the county engineers to widen the ditches," Mr. Galton said. 

He and Mr. Dazey said they've never seen the flooding streets like this before. Mr. Galton said the record snowfall, its quick melting, and heavy rain led to the flood. 

How are the residents dealing with this?

"Some are mean about it, but most understand there's no place for the water to go," Mr. Galton said. 

The park has a van shuttling residents from the entrance of the park to their homes. Mr. Galton is hoping it goes away in the next day or two.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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