Mobile-Home Owners Devastated by Flood Damage

The Associated Press



BERLIN, Vt. -- After paying rent for her entire adult life, buying a mobile home was a dream come true for Sandra Gaffney. But 11 months later, that dream was destroyed by floodwaters when the remnants of Hurricane Irene ripped through her mobile home park, flooding her trailer and about 70 others.

Gaffney, 64, had gotten out in time, fleeing to her sister's home in neighboring Montpelier, unlike her neighbors at Weston's Mobile Home Park, who had to be rescued by boats and high-water vehicles.

The retired para-educator learned of the devastation when she saw a photo of her trailer on a local radio station's Facebook page.

"I saw my trailer with water all the way up to the windows," she said. "And then I totally sobbed."