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Nebraska RV Park Offers Refuge to Victims

June 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An RV park near Nebraska City, Neb., has become a refugee city for flood victims along the Missouri River valley. Some in the camper village had to flee their homes, while others were cut off from their work.

KETV Omaha reported that Phyllis Meisenheimer’s family had to pack up all their belonging and leave their home right across the river in Iowa. Now they are part of the growing camper village at the Victorian Acres RV Park.

“There’s a whole row of us, so we’re getting to know each other and are making the best of the situation,” said Meisenheimer.

Don White and his wife are different kinds of flood refugee.”Our house is dry. Our business is dry, but going back and forth is wet,” he said.

White lives in Tarkio, Mo., which is usually about a 40-minute commute to his dry cleaning business in Nebraska City. Now, with all the detours and the main bridge closed, the drive to work takes about two hours.

White’s not the only one in this situation.

“There are others that have either been displaced or need to be on this side of the river to maintain their jobs, so yes, there are quite a few of us,” White said.

The owners of the RV park are giving the displaced families a break on the rates and have waived the deposit for a parking spot.

Owner Ange Sawyer said business will be down this summer due to the detours and flooding, but she feels for the crop of refugees in her RV park.

“I felt sorry for them and I knew they were going to be struggling, and we’re going to be struggling too, but they are going to be worse,” said Sawyer.

The families are thankful for their temporary new address and they are trying to make the best out of a potentially devastating situation.

“We had plenty of warning to get out, so we have plenty to be thankful for,” Meisenheimer said.

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