Fayetteville mobile home park left in dark
Posted May 15, 2018 8:25 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — City officials had the power cut to a Fayetteville mobile home park on Tuesday, saying electrical issues posed a danger to residents.
The 37 families who live in Mobile Manor Mobile Home Park, off Johnson Street, said they were told of the move Monday, which gave them no time to prepare.
"There are some people in here on breathing machines. There's pregnant ladies here, there's children, and that wasn't a sufficient amount of time at all," resident Chekesca Moore said.
Duke Energy turned off the power at 11:35 a.m. and removed the master meter to the neighborhood, officials said.
Fayetteville has been battling with Mobile Manor's owners for months to fix 13 major electrical problems that officials said could spark fires or electrocute someone. All of the problems need to be fixed and cleared by an electrical inspector before power will be restored, officials said.
"All I had to do was pay lot rent and the light bill," said Ricky Parrack, who owns his mobile home. "What am I going to do now? I mean, I can't get nothing from the city. Nobody will help me."
The Salvation Army and The Hope Center from True Vine Ministries provided resources to help residents who want to relocate, including offering up a few beds in a shelter.
Mobile Manor's manager said she's been in touch with her electrician, and they hope to fix the problems with half the mobile homes by later this week.
Because residents of 17 mobile homes plan to stay, Fayetteville police will provide extra patrols to the neighborhood, officials said. Duke left power turned on for street lights.
The Hope Center passed out coolers, ice and hygiene kits to those who want to stay.
"I just went grocery shopping last week, so my food's probably going to go to my sisters or to anyone else that can take it. I can't do nothing with it, not the cold stuff," Moore said.