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Raleigh mobile home park goes dry

Posted November 28, 2010

— Dozens of residents of a Raleigh mobile home park have been living without water service since late Wednesday.

Rose Cole, 82, said she and neighbors in the Horseshoe Mobile Home Park have banded together to buy bottled water.

"I haven't had a bath. This makes four days," Cole said Sunday. "It's a mess having to tote water to flush the commode."

Maintenance manager Tim Wesley said that the park's well isn't working, likely because of a break in the water line.

"It's probably a tree root that grew from the line, and we just can't find it because it is so far down," Wesley said.

Park manager Linda Hernandez said they are working hard to get the water running. She said they have hired a few plumbers, but so far, they haven't been able to fix the problem.

Wesley said that he is very motivated to get water service restored. "I live here, too," he said. "I haven't had a shower in three days, not any."

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Water service is part of the lease agreement residents sign to rent land in Horseshoe Mobile Home Park, near Simpkins and Lake Wheeler Road.

The park's Michigan-based owner didn't respond to phone calls from WRAL News Sunday.

Cole checked the faucet Sunday morning and found a trickle of running water for the first time in four days.

It lasted long enough to nearly fill up a gallon jug, then stopped again. She was back to rationing water from jugs.

"Without water, you can't do nothing," Cole said.


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  • bmg379 Nov 29, 2010

    this place was a dump in the 70s,you could go from tariler to trailer and party,is it both parks or just the one on the side of the road wake co speedway is on

  • cupcake436 Nov 29, 2010

    I live in this trailer park and the well is not the only problem in horseshoe trailer park a lot of people are afraid to go on camera for fear that the people who own this trailer park will try and make them move or make very difficult to stay here the are even trying to put water meters in and trying to get us to pay for well water alot of people out here can not afford to move if they could this place would be empty they keep going up on the lot rent for the maintenance and taxes on this trailer park we use to have trash pickup but they took that away this place is a dump and if i could afford to move i would but i cant i live on a fixed income so i cant afford to move my trailer if any one has any comments please send them to my email address cupcake436@mocospace.com

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 29, 2010

    The park is owned by somebody in.....MICHIGAN? Really? Hey, why don't we get our new rep to step in? She's from Michigan, maybe she knows the weasels that own the park. Never know 'till you try...;)

  • shortz1994 Nov 29, 2010

    sounds like they need to hire some of those illegals that live there to redig a well.. or they just need to be closed down.

  • AtALost Nov 29, 2010

    You're right! McMansions wouldn't go this long without water. Most are in the city so no wells, and most are owned by wealthy people. So instead of "a few plumbers", management would hire a plumbing company to fix the problem asap. Someone said the lot rent is outrageous so I wonder why anyone lives there. I guess there aren't that many trailer park options near Raleigh. Poor people have very few resources, if any, so they aren't likely to move or file a lawsuit. Therefore, the park management can focus on the cheapest solution. Sad situation but is a fact of life.

  • DrCarolina Nov 29, 2010

    @ Psuedonym

    The term is generally used to denote a multi-story house of no clear architectural style, with a larger footprint than existing homes and either located in a newer, larger subdivision or replacing an existing, smaller structure in an older neighborhood.
    One real-estate writer explains the successful formula for McMansions: symmetrical structures on clear-cut lots with Palladian windows centered over the main entry and brick or stone enhancing the driveway entrance, plus multiple chimneys, dormers, pilasters, and columns—and inside, the master suite with dressing rooms and bath-spa, great rooms, breakfast and dining rooms, showplace kitchen, and extra high and wide garages for multiple cars and SUVs.
    Typically it will have a floor area over 3,000 square feet, ceilings 9–10 feet high, a two-story portico, a front door hall with a chandelier hanging from 16–20 feet, two or more garages, several bedrooms and bathrooms, and lavish interiors.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 29, 2010

    I live not far from this place. I can tell you it's not water supply that this is happening. The place is poorly maintained. Free kind of sorry for the residents who pay the Outrageous lot rent for that dump..

  • Pseudonym Nov 29, 2010


    Define McMansion. How big does a house have to be to classify as a McMansion? 1500 sf? 2000 sf? 1,000,000 sf? Or are you just using class-warfare buzzwords to start a flame war?

  • thefensk Nov 29, 2010

    This isn't that unusual in an area served by a community well. If the well and pump are both working, the park should fill buckets and deliver them several times a day to flush the toilets. They seem to blame the distribution system but that should be easy to pinpoint if the actual well is working ... works up to this point but not beyond. A leak could drain the field if the well isn't deep enough, and then that can cause problems with the pump itself.

    As to the comment about the McMansions ... they'd likely be on city water, or they'd have their very own private well which would be easier to fix.

  • jlh4jdj Nov 29, 2010

    This is what happens when you don't have political ties. I know it is private property but, you can't tell me that the McMansions would go without water this long!