Residents Of Forest Park Face Troubled Waters
By Lasca Randels
WARSAW — Residents of Forest Park Mobile Home Community in Warsaw are expressing concerns over continued flooding issues.
An area near the entrance to the park, in the 3300 block of East Old Colony Road – south of Marketplace of Warsaw Shopping Center – is flooded with high water, creating access difficulties.
InkFreeNews received several messages, some which include pictures and/or videos.
“Residents of Forest Park in Warsaw are trapped by floodwater once again,” an excerpt from one message read. “There are people in there who are medically frail and cannot get access to needed services.”
One resident described the area as “completely flooded” and said nothing is being done about the issue, other than the placement of “high water” signs.
Another questioned why “they raised the lot rent once again this year but can’t manage to keep the road open.”
Residents who contacted IFN did not wish to be named, with one expressing fear of retaliation.
In February 2018, the flooding was so bad that many residents were forced to park their vehicles at the front of the park and walk through high water to get to their homes.
Mayor Joe Thallemer said they were aware of the situation, but that it is private property. He said they were looking at closing off part of the road.
Tax records indicate it is owned by Forest Park MHC LLC C/O Heritage Financial Group of Elkhart. Representatives could not be reached for comment.
– Dan Spalding contributed to this story.