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Wheeling mobile home residents still waiting to get utilities back on

More than a week after heavy flooding, residents of the Fox Point Mobile Home Park in Wheeling are finally back in their homes. But some residents still do not have electricity and none has gas service.

A small group of Fox Point residents came to the Wheeling Village Hall this morning and set up an appointment for tomorrow to see the Village Manager.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also plans a visit tomorrow.

Many residents are back in the mobile home park, but at their own risk.  Facing one roadblock after another, some fear that the village is attempting to push them out.

Families that live in 40 mobile homes at Fox Point evacuated more than a week ago.  Many stayed at a park district rec center.  That shelter is now closed.

Village officials say utility boxes were under water, and after the water receded they discovered electrical wiring problems.  Without sewer service the homes were deemed uninhabitable.

Village Manager Jon Sfondilis says the village is not trying to get rid of the mobile home park.

Still, some residents question whether safety is the reason.  They say they have never had to jump through so many hoops in past floods, and they want an independent expert to check their homes.

The owner of the mobile home park, Larry Fisher, told WGN by phone that all matters are settled and that each homeowner needs to make arrangements with Nicor to get their gas service turned back on.

FEMA plans to do site surveys in Des Plaines and then come to Wheeling tomorrow.

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