Bob Connors

Floodwaters Force People From Homes at Wallingford Trailer Park

Residents at a Wallingford trailer park were forced from their homes or stuck inside thanks to floodwaters late Thursday and Friday.

Water surrounded homes at the Yalesville Mobile Home Park on Main Street. Firefighters were keeping people from entering the trailer park, while others in their homes could not leave, due to the flooding. Residents were not required to evacuate, but firefighters used a boat to remove some residents from their homes.

Firefighters first got the call around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday after heavy rain caused the nearby Quinnipiac River to over-spill its banks. At its worst, firefighters said water in the back of the community reached three feet high.

Resident Mary Joyce said it has flooded in the area before, but this was something new. She and her 91-year-old mother were struck at home for a while, but were grateful for firefighters who checked on them periodically.

“This morning there was a knock on the door ‘how did you do overnight’ I was so shocked. They are so nice in this town. They really are,” she said.

Kids at Grandma's Cozy Cottage Daycare next to the trailer park had to be carried out of the facility by firefighters Thursday as the waters rose, fire officials said. The daycare remained closed on Friday.

Gas to the trailer park was shut off as a precaution. It will remain off and access to the trailer park will be restricted until the water recedes, according to fire officials.

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