Who will be responsible when historic rains continuously flood your RV park and residents fear for their property? With all the recent rainfall, people living at the Gateway Mobile Home and RV Community in Raymondville, Texas, are asking these questions. They claim that every time it rains, as it has over the past couple weeks, their community ends up underwater, reports KZTV 10 News.
“It’s scary, you have to lay awake at night, afraid the water is going to come in or destroy your property,” says a concerned neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.
While there is a drainage ditch in the community, it is only a few feet deep. It can handle an average rainfall, but when it pours for hours or even days, it overflows.
Recently, water was so high neighbors were stranded in their homes. “We probably had 3 feet or so,” says neighbor Dale Enloe. “I had to take a couple people in my truck, and it was over the bottom of the door.”
“People had to roll up their pants, and they have to wade through water, the sewage comes up,” says a concerned neighbor.
But who’s to blame?
Gateway staff says part of the problem is uneven grounds. The businesses in front are on higher grounds, causing the rainfall to flow into their community.
Neighbors say drainage is also a problem; the water has nowhere to go.
“It goes to the back of the property, the front of the property, it sits there for days at a time,” says a concerned neighbor.
One lady is gathering letters from neighbors, hoping to get the city’s attention.
“Imagine if we had a hurricane come through here with a lot of rain, you know what happened to Houston, it can very well happen to Corpus,” says Enloe.