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Helping Wheel Estates: Who's in charge?

Getting an answer will require more digging before it's clear whose job it is to protect this community from future floods. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Getting an answer will require more digging before it's clear whose job it is to protect this community from future floods. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - There is hope for a group of displaced Memphians after flood waters destroyed many of their homes.

One week after the Wheel Estates Mobile Home Community was inundated by flood waters, city administrators came together to figure out how to keep residents from being victimized all over again.

Back and forth, the word accountability was tossed around over who is responsible for the property post-flooding of the Nonconnah Creek.

"Short term people are displaced people; their homes are not just uninhabitable but uncomfortable to live in," said Casey Bryant of the Latino Memphis legal program.

"Accountability is doing what you're suppose to do, you have responsibility," said Bryant. "You are responsible to take care of the property, to take care if the people that live there."

Mauricio Calvo, also with Latino Memphis, says people living inside the community need to know that the ditch filled with debris won't cause future flooding issues.

But, who is in charge?

"That's the question. Who's in charge of enforcement, and what are the rules who should maintain the property," said Calvo. "Eventually we will ask for accountability again from the owner, city, state whomever is responsible for that."

But getting an answer will require more digging before it's clear whose job it is to protect this community from future floods.

"What we're concerned with is you're dealing with a very vulnerable population majority of them are low income, limited English skills," Calvo added.

This was just the first of many meetings before it's clear whose responsible for making sure this doesn't happen again. Residents were advised to contact county commissioners responsible for the district regarding damages.

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