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Hundreds Asked to Leave Caroline County Mobile Home Parks


MARYDEL, Md.- With just a few weeks left to fix an ailing water and sewage system, the Hilltop and Cedar mobile home parks are looking more and more like they will close.

Charles Daniels has lived in the hilltop mobile home park for over 40 years.  And now, he's being told to move.

"This one owner, he's just laid down and is not doing anything.  He isn't fixing anything.  And the way I understand it he doesn't intend to." said Daniels.

The two parks are home to roughly 200 people.  The reason for closing the parks has all to do with water.  In 2010, excessive levels of arsenic were found in the water supply, and several other systems, including sewage disposal, were not up to standards.

Crystal Long, Charles' daughter, thinks it's not right that the company that owns the parks, Shahi International Investments, has not fixed the problems.

"I think this park could be a wonderful place to live if they fixed the problems.  It's great to grow up here, I grew up here as a baby on up.  I'm 32 now and I don't think it's right we've got to move." said Long.

And with the August first deadline to fix the issues approaching, their time at the park is getting closer to the end.  On Monday, Crystal and her dad got a letter from the company that owns both mobile home parks.  They said they cannot provide any living accommodations as directed by the Maryland Department of the Environment, and they will have to vacate their homes in the next 90 days.

Marydel Mayor Debbie Rowe said she is trying her best to get a new buyer for the parks.

"We are not going to stop trying to help the people any way we can, and hopefully if there is a miracle, we will get a buyer before Aug. 1," Rowe said.

Rowe also said losing the park will be hard on the community, which relies on those 200 people to support their businesses. But most of all she feels bad for those being told to leave their homes and lives behind.

WBOC spoke with Abul Azad, owner of the company, who referred us to the park manager for comment, but our calls were not returned.

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