Residents struggle to return home in Pontoon Beach after floodin -

Residents struggle to return home in Pontoon Beach after flooding

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PONTOON BEACH ( – According to authorities, nearly two dozen people remained at the Red Cross shelter in Pontoon Beach, Illinois and more than 50 people are still without power after flooding. All of these individuals live in the Mallard Lake Mobile Home Park.

Betty Paul and her husband say they attempted to get back to their home on January 4 but the water was still too high. They have been in a hotel for eight nights now. The couple is frustrated with the management company who they say did not do enough.                                                                                 

“I feel that management of the park did not do their job in supplying the sandbags. We called multiple times that night. They should have protected us better,” said Paul.

The mobile park owned by Bayshore does not have pumps to collect the water from the flood and Mike Pagano, Mayor of Pantoon Beach, says the city is not required too.

But that might soon change as Pagano says he plans to look at the city's ordinance. According to officials, the management company rented pumps over the weekend of January 1. The water is finally on its way out.

Toni Holt, resident of Mallard Lake Mobile Home Park, says she her home has been without power for seven to eight days. Holt said she just learned she will even be responsible to pay rent for the days she was evacuated.

“Just for the days of us being out of our homes, they should waive those fees,” she said.

Pagano says he hopes everyone will be back into their homes in the next two days.

“I am flustered, I am angry. I want to just go home,” said Paul. “It's been a nightmare."

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