EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. (KFVS) - A mobile home park in East Cape Girardeau is under an evacuation order.
Electricity was turned off at the trailer park on Wednesday, June 12.
The decision was made after a lineman went in with waders and reported that flood waters are dangerously close to covering live connections under the homes.
General Manager David Johnston Johnston says the electric co-op was not involved in the decision to evacuate flooded neighborhood but says they are disconnecting power because water and electricity do not mix.
“We want to ensure that our members and just the general public in that area are safe, and what plays also into that is the protection of our infrastructure as well as the members property,” said Johnson. “To prevent it from being damaged and we don’t want someone injured by something we could’ve prevented.”
According to Lt. James Long with the U.S. Coast Guard, 17 people and three dogs were rescued on Tuesday afternoon, June 11. They assisted seven other people who had already evacuated with retrieving items from their homes.
Lt. Long said they checked on all 14 homes and they were clear when they left around 3:30 p.m.
The American Red Cross did not have a shelter open in McClure.
According to the Red Cross, the shelter at Zion United Methodist Church, 3652 State Highway Z, Cape Girardeau is open to take in victims as need as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.
Everyone evacuated from the mobile home park found a place to stay for the night and it didn’t need to stay open. The shelter is on standby if needed.
Alexander County EMA Director Mike Turner said the majority of people in the East Cape Girardeau mobile home park were able to evacuate. However, a few of the trailers are still occupied at this time.
Crews have put off the turning off the power to the mobile home park until Wednesday morning to give the last of the residents a bit more time to get out.
According to the East Cape village clerk, the evacuation is due to an electrical issue caused by flooding. High waters was reaching beneath mobile homes and made it unsafe for people living there.
If you need any help in Alexander County there’s now one line to contact. The county’s EMA director says he hopes this takes some pressure off community leaders in the area. Crews will stay 24/7 to answer phones and get assistance where it’s needed. That number is 618-306-1375.
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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency acting director said there needs to be discussions about saving the levees and Route 3 at the same time.
The U.S. Coast Guard helped with the evacuations.
According to Lt. James Long with the Coast Guard, crews of eight used three 16-foot-long Jon boats to transport the flood victims from their homes to safety.
As flood victims were rescued from their homes, Illinois National Guard members reinforced sandbags around the East Cape Girardeau Community Center.
Lt. Jamie Guning with the Illinois National Guard said guard members and crews with Illinois Department of Transportation placed 70 tons of sandbags around the center Monday.