Jasmine Trybom and several other residents at Catfish Camp RV Park in California packed as much as they could and moved their trailers to higher ground before the San Joaquin River spilled over its banks early Sunday, The Modesto Bee reports.
Other residents, such as her sister, weren’t able to move their trailers in time. The river, which is expected to continue to rise, flooded their homes and ruined a lot of their belongings.
“They might just be trailers, but these are our homes,” Trybom said Sunday afternoon as she and other residents stood along Crows Landing Road surveying the damage at Catfish Camp.
Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies and county Office of Emergency Services officials over the weekend had spoken to residents at Catfish Camp, strongly recommending that they move their trailers and RVs to higher ground, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.
He said the residents were not forced to evacuate the trailer park, but they were warned that the river would continue to rise and likely flood the RV park. Bejaran said authorities suggested that the residents move their belongings and vehicles out of harm’s way.
Bejaran said Catfish Camp residents were warned 36 hours before the water flooded the RV park.
“Not everyone has the means to leave,” said Taylor, manager at Catfish Camp. She added that it would have been a lot easier to move their trailers and belongings had they received more advance warning, and that a 72-hour warning would have been enough.
Red Cross officials arrived at Catfish Camp on Saturday afternoon, according to Trybom, and gave residents a list of homeless shelters to call if they needed a temporary place to stay. On Sunday afternoon, Red Cross officials returned to Catfish Camp, saying they were trying to set up a temporary shelter for dozens of displaced residents.
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Meanwhile, as fears arise that Oroville Dam could collapse, flooding areas near the lake, a number of RV parks and dealerships are under evacuation orders, according to the Sacramento Bee.
All Seasons RV Center and ET Quality RV in Yuba City are under voluntary evacuation orders.
Parks Falling Rock RV Park, Riffles RV Park & Campground, River One RV Park, Gridley Inn & RV Park, Butte County Fair RV Park, River Reflections RV Resort & Campground, Stan’s RV Park & Lounge, Lake Oroville Gold Country RV Community and Oroville/Feather Falls Casino KOA are under mandatory evacuation orders.