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Mobile homes could go for a float

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A mobile home park in Eagle remains under two feet of water forcing some residents from their homes.

Agencies across the board are closely monitoring the situation at the park, specifically keeping a close eye on power, gas, and water quality.

Meanwhile those who build and repair mobile homes are concerned about the structural integrity of the units.

In fact, Matt Higgins, a mobile home service technician said the flood water could erode the soil underneath the trailers to the point where they can fall off their blocks.

"It would be like taking your home and pushing it off the foundation, essentially. It can cause some pretty significant structural damage: broken floor joists, broken studs in the wall, damaged drywall," said Higgins.

Amazingly that isn't even the worst case scenario.

Presently the water is sitting below the trailer homes, but if that changes all bets are off.

"Once it starts getting up to the doors and above the floor level of the home that's when you would start getting into danger of it actually lifting off of its supports and floating," said Higgins.

That's correct: float.

If the water gets high enough it can lift the mobile homes off their "foundations" and send them floating away.

Because of how large the units are once they get going it takes an awful lot of force to stop them.

With all of this in mind Higgins has a message for the thousands of Treasure Valley families which live in mobile homes in the flood plain.

"If you're in an area that's potentially in danger, it's just a home, be prepared to get out of it," said Higgins. "You know the home can be replaced, you can't."

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