Mobile home park prone to flooding hopes changes will help this rainy season

Posted at 4:19 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 18:18:53-04

A mobile home park in unincorporated Pinellas County hopes that changes made by the county the past year will stop flooding this rainy season.

Mariner's Cove was hit back to back during the summer of 2016 as Tropical Storm Colin and Hermine flooded dozens of mobile homes at the park. 

The mobile home park sits along the Cross Bayou Canal and is prone to flooding because of the low lying area. 

Heavy rainfall combined with tidal flood events can send inches of water into the homes. 

The county tells ABC Action News that Mariner's Cove was built within a high risk flood hazard area with defined drainage systems. They add that many homes are not raised above the Base Flood Elevation. 

A county spokesperson said that crews spent several months in 2017 removing dense nuisance, and exotic vegetation at five of the canal sites. 

They add that they will have a Cross Bayou Canal Capital Improvement Project, but the actual construction is not expected prior to 2021. 

In an email provided, the county stated, "the project will improve canal flow and make the canal easier to maintain in the future."

People who live there worry about the time frame and worry about the homes at the mobile home park, but go on to add, they can't afford to just move. 

Aaron Cicerchio stays with his daughter at Mariner's Cove and thinks the place needs to be shut down, "maybe this will make a really nice park someday, that would be my ultimate wish, a park where nobody lives, they come and visit."

Cicerchio helped rescue people during June of 2016 when heavy rainfall sent water from the canal, and from the sewers into people's homes.

He said he watched the county update the area, "you can say they gave it some love, but it’s not going to change the fact that people will flood under a category one."

The county adds that the county will advertise and hold several public meetings on the canal projects as it moves forward to inform citizens and receive input.