TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - In a certified letter, the city of Terre Haute duly warned the owner of a north-side mobile home park of an upcoming levee alteration and the potential for flooding; but the buck, so to speak, appears to have stopped there.
"We notified the landowners, we let them know what we were doing," Terre Haute City Engineer Chuck Ennis told News 10 on Wednesday afternoon. "This is not a shock to anybody! They could've seen the construction activity from their properties."
That property owner of the Mottesheard Mobile Home Park on North 6th Street is Rodney Mottesheard. And according to a letter officially dated November 23, 2010, Mottesheard received ample warning of the work that was carried out in the summer of 2011, according to Ennis.
"We cut a channel, we cut away a section of the old levee" to alleviate flooding on the other side of the levee, Ennis explained, adding that the physical disabling of the so-called Conover Levee had been advised for many years by the Army Corps of Engineers.
In other words, all the years that task did not get performed was a break to the eight or so homeowners living in the mobile home park that is today almost completely submerged.
John and Donna Bays, a couple evacuated from the mobile home park after 30 years of living there, told News 10 they never received any formal notification from landowner Rodney Mottesheard.
News 10 made contact with Mottesheard on Wednesday afternoon for his side of the story; the cell call was either dropped, or Mottesheard hung up on News 10, but contact was never re-established.
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