Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trailer Court Residents Protest Lack of Access

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trailer Court Residents Protest Lack of Access

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More than 100 people recently evacuated from their flooded homes in the Stonebridge Trailer Court crowded city hall recently to demand explanations from Eureka's Board of Aldermen.

The residents, outraged by rumors that the city, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross would not help them, angrily demanded to know why the city had ordered the trailer community closed indefinitely, preventing them from even returning to collect personal property.

Of the 105 trailers in the park, only 13 were untouched by floodwaters that overflowed a nearby creek bed in late September.

Kathy Butler, Eureka City Attorney, responded by saying that underground utilities, utility connections to damaged trailers and a bridge that spanned the creek bed had yet to be inspected. Residents can't return until city officials determine if the trailer park, located off Interstate 44 and east of Highway W, is safe.

She added: "Park owners have not allowed city or other officials, be they county or state, onto the property to inspect inside the trailers. …

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