High winds increase dangers for mobile home residents

Doug Hamilton & Mayor Greg Fischer
Doug Hamilton & Mayor Greg Fischer
Selena McLean
Selena McLean

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As another round of storms approach Kentuckiana, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is asking people to be careful. During a news conference, emergency management director Doug Hamilton warned people in mobile homes to take precautions or find somewhere else to stay.

"We'll also send out an alert to the 21 mobile home parks that are located in Jefferson County," said Hamilton.

Hamilton cited the Manufactured Housing Association of Kentucky which reported that a properly anchored mobile home is at no more risk than any other home. We asked him what residents should do if the storm is headed towards a mobile home.

"If you're not in a properly anchored home then you're running the risk that you would be far better off going outside and getting in a low lying area and shielding your head," said Hamilton.

In April, storms left destruction across the river..

"It's leaning now," said Selena McLean pointing at a tree in her front yard. "We got hit by a tornado April the 19th or something like that."

McLean lives in Sunset Mobile Home Park in Jeffersonville.

"The porch is not to the house anymore," said McLean. "You can tell it's moved a little bit this way."

McLean wasn't home during the storm, but returned to find roof and siding damage. Still that was nothing compared to her neighbors.

"As soon as the storm passed about 1:30 in the morning, I came over and I could hardly get in from all the emergency workers and stuff," said McLean. "I said, 'Oh my God. I hope it's still there.' Yeah, it tore some of the tree out but I was lucky. We were real lucky."

McLean says she's not taking any chances with this storm either.

"We're looking at the weather all day," said McLean. "We called our son and we're going to go stay with him in his basement tonight, just to be on the safe side."

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