Mobile home park flooded in San Joaquin County, around 175 residents evacuated

                Around 175 residents of the Arbor Mobile Home Park in Acampo evacuated on Sunday due to localized flooding, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office. KCRA 3 was on the scene when rescue crews waded through the waist-deep water Sunday afternoon to put residents on boats.  As of Sunday night, there was still an evacuation warning in effect for the mobile home park. Once people who volunteered to evacuate were brought on the boats to the entrance of the park, they were loaded onto National Guard vehicles and taken to dry land. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said buses with the San Joaquin County Regional Transit District drove some of the evacuees to a temporary shelter that has been set up at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.  Other residents, such as Kellie Ruyle, decided to stay inside their mobile homes."We kind of want to keep an eye on things around here, and they did say if worse comes to worse, we can always call again to get us out of here if need be," Ruyle said. Ruyle said the heavy rain caused the flooding to start Saturday night.  The flood waters then continued to rise until many streets within the mobile home park were submerged. "It's a lake out there. I have beachfront property," Ruyle said with a slight chuckle.  " has come up to the second stair of our front porch and back porch." The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office told KCRA 3 that around half of the mobile home park is underwater. In an effort to reduce the flooding, fire crews were working to pump the water out of the area. On social media, the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority said, "Our crews are drafting the water (using hoses to move the water away from the homes), in order to mitigate the flooding."Several other agencies responded to the scene, including the Lathrop-Manteca, Lodi and Woodbridge fire departments, as well as the Governor's Office of Emergency Services."It's a huge team effort. 've had large vehicles, we have boats, we have some side-by-sides and other off-road vehicles to help transport people. Without the assistance of all the agencies that are out here, this wouldn't be possible," San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Nick Goucher said. Goucher said the Arbor Mobile Home Park, which is near Woodbridge Road just east of Highway 99, is the main focus for crews because it is the area with the most significant localized flooding in San Joaquin County. With more rain Sunday  night into Monday, officials wanted to let residents who remained at the Arbor Mobile Home Park know that they could still call emergency responders to take them out of the flooded areas."We've got people that are staying around.  We're always a phone call away.  We are going to have units in the area, and we're going to be checking on people," Goucher said. "If people have issues, they're always able to call.  And we're going to get people out here to help them if we need it."This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.
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                <strong class="dateline">ACAMPO, Calif.  —</strong>                                             <p>Around 175 residents of the Arbor Mobile Home Park in Acampo evacuated on Sunday due to localized flooding, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

KCRA 3 was on the scene when rescue crews waded through the waist-deep water Sunday afternoon to put residents on boats. As of Sunday night, there was still an evacuation warning in effect for the mobile home park.

Once people who volunteered to evacuate were brought on the boats to the entrance of the park, they were loaded onto National Guard vehicles and taken to dry land.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said buses with the San Joaquin County Regional Transit District drove some of the evacuees to a temporary shelter that has been set up at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds. Other residents, such as Kellie Ruyle, decided to stay inside their mobile homes.

“We kind of want to keep an eye on things around here, and they did say if worse comes to worse, we can always call again to get us out of here if need be,” Ruyle said.

Ruyle said the heavy rain caused the flooding to start Saturday night. The flood waters then continued to rise until many streets within the mobile home park were submerged.

“It’s a lake out there. I have beachfront property,” Ruyle said with a slight chuckle. “[The water] has come up to the second stair of our front porch and back porch.”

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office told KCRA 3 that around half of the mobile home park is underwater. In an effort to reduce the flooding, fire crews were working to pump the water out of the area.

On social media, the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority said, “Our crews are drafting the water (using hoses to move the water away from the homes), in order to mitigate the flooding.”

Several other agencies responded to the scene, including the Lathrop-Manteca, Lodi and Woodbridge fire departments, as well as the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

“It’s a huge team effort. We’ve had large vehicles, we have boats, we have some side-by-sides and other off-road vehicles to help transport people. Without the assistance of all the agencies that are out here, this wouldn’t be possible,” San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Nick Goucher said.

Goucher said the Arbor Mobile Home Park, which is near Woodbridge Road just east of Highway 99, is the main focus for crews because it is the area with the most significant localized flooding in San Joaquin County.

With more rain Sunday night into Monday, officials wanted to let residents who remained at the Arbor Mobile Home Park know that they could still call emergency responders to take them out of the flooded areas.

“We’ve got people that are staying around. We’re always a phone call away. We are going to have units in the area, and we’re going to be checking on people,” Goucher said. “If people have issues, they’re always able to call. And we’re going to get people out here to help them if we need it.”

This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

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