Mariners Cove Mobile Home Park dodges Tropical Storm Emily

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 16:40:14-04

During Tropical Storm Emily you could find fire crews with Largo Fire and Rescue and a deputy with Pinellas County checking to see how Mariners Cove Mobile Home Park was handling the storm. 

The mobile home park in Largo had small areas of leftover rainfall that was gathering -- but not enough rain to make a direct hit. 

The area is known to the county as a hot spot because of the number of floods that have left people and children stranded. 

"The water came over the steps and it flooded and came in here," said Jerome Sims, who owns a mobile home in the park. 

Sims was hit twice last summer during the hurricane season -- leaving him with no choice but to renovate his retirement home.

Pinellas County has bought dozens of homes in flood prone areas in the past decade to help keep people out of danger. 

Those homes were purchased near McKay and Allen Creeks in Largo in the early 2000s through a grant through FEMA. 

The county tells us they bought the last home about two years ago. 

ABC Action News asked about buying Mariners Cove and they tell us its owned by a private owner and the property was worth around $2 million.

They said it has not been discussed in the past, but it could be if they could receive funding too. 

The county tells us they've met with residents since last summer -- warning them about flooding dangers and how to prepare. 

They also said they've made improvements to the area like trimming vegetation along the canal to help water flow, but on Monday during the storm you could see the canal almost full. 

A spokesman with the park tells us they have raised a number of the mobile homes and they don't think the county has kept their promises of making the area safer.

Along with the canal, Mariners Cove sits along a creek too. 

"It seems like human error to me," said Sims talking about the location of the mobile home park. 

The mobile home park tells us they would be interested in the county buying the land if they could find another location for their 96 families at the park. 

For Sims though, he feels its a back and forth -- with him being left in the dark.

"You just cross your fingers and hope it doesn't happen again."