City of Northport to Allow Willow Brook Residents to Return for Now
Residents of Northport's Willow Brook Mobile Home Park are being temporarily allowed back into their homes after a massive flood, caused by Tropical Storm Claudette, devastated the community on June 19.
Those affected by the June 19 flood were forced to evacuate from the mobile home park on June 21 after more heavy rain was expected to fall in the area the following week. The Willow Brook community, located just off Hunter Creek Road between McFarland Boulevard and Watermelon Road, ended up experiencing more than eight inches of rainfall in just one night, completely destroying some residences and leaving residents stranded for hours.
Residents were urged to relocate to the nearby Northport Baptist Church, which was serving as an American Red Cross shelter.
City leaders are working to find funding to either relocate the neighborhood or pay for measures that will make the neighborhood more capable of withstanding excessive precipitation. As of right now, there is no reason why residents cannot return to their homes in the meantime.
City Administrator Glenda Webb said the community's rallying support around Willow Brook has been nothing short of inspirational.
"We appreciate all the volunteers assisting in the area and urge patience while we look for a long-term solution that protects our residents and makes sure they have a safe place to live," Webb said.
The City of Northport published a statement on its Facebook page regarding the current state of affairs with the mobile home park.
"Owners and tenants will be given notice of this allowance for temporary occupancy in order to become compliant with existing regulations," the post read. "The City of Northport will actively seek local, state, and federal assistance for tenant relocation and property acquisition for flood hazard mitigation."
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