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6:01 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The waters on Lane A in the Three Seasons Mobile Home Village have receded, but not the memories nor the frustration.

"When I moved in here I was told it flooded but not to the lake effect," said Sandy Vinti. "I opened my door and I was overwhelmed."

Vinti has lived in the mobile home community for 30 years but recently moved to a new lot on Lane A. She said her driveway was turned into a lake.

"Every time it rains here, we don't get just a little bit of water, we get a ton of water because of the main drain in front," said Vinti.

She said the water was as high as the skirt surrounding her mobile home. The vehicles parked in the driveway were flooded.

Many of the residents on Lane A, including Vinti, are convinced if the drains were cleaned more often, it would ease the flooding. 

"This right here has gone down a lot but this was level right to the top here," said Vinti pointing to a shed.

Vinti said the rising muddy water brought snakes and now they're concerned that the garbage in the standing water will create unsanitary conditions.

"I can't allow my granddaughter to get near that water," she said.

So far, there's no evidence of any kind of cross contamination, but it is a mess.

"The ditch ends here near my trailer," said Vinti, "The water has nowhere to go down here whatsoever.

Management at Three Seasons Mobile Village is trying to ease the concerns of residents.

"We are working on the drainage," said manager Linda Ebero.

She said they started the project about a month and a half ago, but it was interrupted by other projects.

"It (flooding) usually is not a big issue," said Ebero, "but we are cleaning out the boxes to improve the water flow."

The focus now is to get that completed before the next heavy rains. 

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