Wheeling residents still not allowed back in mobile homes

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More than a week after heavy flooding hit the Chicago area, some Wheeling residents are demanding to know when they can return home.

Residents of Fox Point Mobile Home Park held up signs in protest Saturday.

Fox point is located between Milwaukee road and the Des Plaines river. Residents in more than more than 40 homes had to be evacuated.

Village officials said allowing all of  the residents back into their homes is a matter of safety. After the water receded, half of the mobile trailers were found to have electrical wiring problems, officials said.

Without electricity, sanitary sewage services were suspended deemed all of the homes uninhabitable.

“What’s the bare minimum we have to do to get back in there?” asked Donna Hoffman, a resident of Fox Point. “There’s no drugs here, no gangs here. All we are is a community that wants to stay together and raise our family.”

A small break in negotiations came Saturday night, when Village officials gave ComEd the green light to restore power to homes that were properly wired.

Residents who need a place to stay can go to the Red Cross Shelter in Des Plaines.

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