JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - In Jefferson County, roughly 90 homes were evacuated Thursday afternoon from Lakeside Manor, a mobile home park off Highway 61.
Resident Brian Sewell was at work when he found out his neighborhood was several feet underwater. He says, “It is honestly really inconvenient, it’s unfortunate too, I mean I don’t really know how to process this. Nothing like this has ever happened before.”
With no idea when he’ll be allowed back home, he and his brother ventured through waist-deep floodwater to pack a suitcase.
“We didn’t have anything with us whenever we had to leave, so it’s better to just get it now. Don’t know when it’s going back down, so I’d rather just be able to go to work tomorrow and get stuff handled,” says Sewell, who wasn’t the only one to wade through the cold, muddy water.
His neighbor, Marlos Carson, came back after the 3 o’clock evacuation to take some photos of the flooding. She says, “I think most everybody’s worried about their animals. The people are ok and now we’re worried about the animals we had to leave behind.”
She was forced to leave her cat, but Ed Politte returned to rescue his dog. “I couldn’t leave him behind, he’s my buddy,” he explains.
Lakeside Manor Property Owner David Brown drove through the flooded park to survey the damage. He says this is the first time the water has breached the levy since the mobile home park was built in the 1960s. Still, the damage could have been worse. Brown explains, “There’s not a single home that got water in. Up on the skirting of the homes, but not in the homes.”
Still, with some residents in wheelchairs, the evacuation wasn’t easy. Carson says, “They brought people out in boats, brought people out in trucks from what I hear. You can see the current.”
Carson, like most of these residents, will stay with extended family, far away from the river now running past their homes. “It feels weird not being able to go back home,” she says.
By Thursday night, the water levels had already significantly receded, and according to the property owner, residents should be back in their homes by Friday.
Still, because of the widespread flooding in Jefferson County, the Red Cross has opened a shelter at 2000 Grace Way in De Soto. There, flood victims will have access to food, shelter, and emotional support.