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Mobile homes flooded

June 29, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

FUNKSTOWN

Residents of Antietam Village in Funkstown stood on West Poplar Street watching Wednesday morning as Antietam Creek overflowed into their yards and mobile homes after four days of rain that totaled more than 8 inches.

"We just brought out stuff we had to wear and medical supplies," said Pat Patterson, who said a neighbor woke him around 3 a.m., when the water flooded over the bank.

Patterson, who has lived in the mobile home park since 1984, remembers four other floods, but he said he hasn't considered moving.

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"I like the neighborhood. It's quiet in here, nobody bothers you," he said.

The American Legion building in Funkstown also flooded early Wednesday morning.

Water started flooding the parking lot about 3:30 a.m. and seeped into the building at 7:30 a.m., said Gordon Cook, the post's commander.

"Our ballroom and dining room are completely inundated," he said. The last flood that brought water into the legion building occurred in 1996, Cook said.

"We do have flood insurance. I'm hoping they'll cover everything," he said.

Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline said the town is accustomed to flooding from Antietam Creek.

About 15 years ago, "both roads and the legion itself were covered. There was only about a foot and a half of the roof (of the legion) sticking out," Kline said.

He said the town's two maintenance workers were keeping busy Wednesday trying to pump the water out of the mobile home park.

Betty Marshall, who has lived in the mobile home park for more than 30 years, kept a watch on water levels during the night.

"I checked it at 2, and it was still in the banks," Marshall said.

At 3 a.m., water went over the banks and that's when she started waking everyone up, she said.

Few Antietam Village residents are able to purchase flood insurance because of previous flooding, they said. Patterson said he used to have the insurance, but "insurance companies canceled it after some floods."

All 21 of the Antietam Village mobile homes are occupied, Patterson said.

Louise Hess saw water flood "clear across the street" in 1972, but has lived in the mobile home park since 1965 and doesn't want to move.

She said she spends more than $300 a year for flood insurance.

Water started receding about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Hess said. By 5 p.m., water had receded almost to the bank and the mobile home park had received only minor damage, residents said.

Cook and a crew from the American Legion spent Wednesday afternoon mopping out their building. The water started receding at 2 p.m., but left a layer of sediment in the legion's parking lot.

Cook said most of the damage is repairable and he expected to have power restored this morning.

"It'll take a lot of elbow grease ... get a lot of soap, mops and brooms," Patterson said.

Allegheny Power turned off power to the neighborhood Wednesday morning, and the fire department shut off gas tanks, Patterson said.

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