LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – The Royal Mobile Home Park in Longmont was hit hard by the flood waters of the St. Vrain River last week. The park sits only a few yards from the river and it remains closed.
On Tuesday night CBS4′s Jim Benemann talked with a resident there who is trying to cope with her home nearly being a total loss. She got to return to view the damage for the first time on Tuesday after the flood waters mostly receded.
Benemann: When did you know that this was going to be an unusual event?
Kristen Taylor: When the police came at 3 in the morning and banged on the door saying “This is serious. Get your kid and get out.”
Benemann asked Taylor about her current living situation.
Taylor: (My daughter Madeleine and I) are staying with friends, just kind of doing the “couple of nights here, couple of nights the next” so we don’t get overwhelmed or they don’t get overwhelmed,” she said.
Benemann: I’m sure they’re great people, but you start thinking three months from now, six months from now what does the future hold?
Taylor: We’re trying to figure out just another apartment or something temporary that we can just feel at home again.
That temporary apartment will be tough, though. Longmont’s mayor told CBS4 the city has a vacancy rate on apartments of about 1 percent.
A lot of people looking for temporary housing — at least in the city — could find it to be very difficult.
Taylor is working with representatives from FEMA.
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