Reporting Derek Shore
SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – With the torrential rains overnight, it appears two creeks running behind the Auburn Villas mobile home park simply overflowed and poured water into the mobile home community.
“I’ve lost it all, everything, I’m devastated,” resident Paul Hodam said. “What do I do?”
It’s a question many residents of the Auburn Villas mobile home park are left with after their homes were taken over by water.
“We went to breakfast, came back, my home, van, my motor home, everything’s in the water. My car, the waters is all the way past the steering wheel,” said Hodam.
He is now left to try to pick up the pieces after the torrential down overnight. Two creeks that run behind them may have breached their small levies, sending water rushing in at levels that flooded homes and cars.
“It was just unbelievable how fast the water came up,” resident Brian Howard said.
Many neighbors turned into first responders.
“We just went trailer to trailer to make sure everyone was out,” Howard said.
Hodam says he had little time to think as another resident yelled for help. A 96-year-old neighbor was trapped.
“We grabbed her out of there with water up to our chest, carried this woman out to the dry land,” said Hodam.
If there’s a silver lining, it would be that: a chance to help your neighbor.
Eric Bouie saw the park on TV and came to help by pulling out a submerged jeep.
“We just see they needed some help, so we decided to come out and give them a hand,” he said.
By late Sunday afternoon, the water had been pumped out.
As night fell, the cleanup was on. Hodam’s friends helped him tear out soaked carpet. He hopes to salvage his home. Residents were left wondering, what’s the next move?
“I don’t know where I’m going to go from here, what I’m going to do,” said Hodam.