Milliken Flood Victims Scramble To Find New Places To Live
MILLIKEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Some of the flood survivors from a mobile home park in Milliken are under pressure to pack up what’s left and move out of their unsafe homes.
Dozens of families in Millken are without a permanent place to live after flood waters tore through their neighborhoods.
“Everything was affected,” Christina Velasquez said.
Velasquez and her family lost their home. For now they have turned to family for a place to stay and the community for help with necessities.
Local churches provide evacuees with food, clothing and for some a place to stay, but eventually the centers will have to close.
“As much as there is a critical need for personal items and things, housing is the overwhelming need for this community,” volunteer coordinator Steve McCarthy said.
In one neighborhood alone there are more than 55 mobile homes that have been red tagged and were declared unlivable. Those families now have until Sunday to try and save what they can and start searching for a new place to live.
“Regardless of how repairable a trailer is, it’s going to be weeks and maybe even months before they can re-inhabit there,” McCarthy said. “Some may not be able to replace their unit at all, so we will have a tremendous need.”
McCarthy says community leaders are trying figure out where to go next. Until then they’re doing what they can with what they have.
“A lot of the community came together,” Velasquez said.” Some of the people I don’t even know come and try and help.”
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