Lake Canyada Mobile Home Park Residents Forced to Move Friday

Some of the last people to leave are struggling to move on

By Krista Burris

Published 07/31 2015 11:10PM

Updated 07/31 2015 11:10PM

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It's been a sad day at the Lake Canyada Mobile Home Park.
 
The last people to leave told me it's been a frustrating experience, and Friday they ran out of options.
 
"It seems like... there's no place to go," said Lake Canyada resident Phil Hicks.
 
Hicks is leaving his home in Lake Canyada Mobile Home Park Friday.
 
He's lived there with his wife for nearly 30 years.
 
Hicks says his trailer is too old to move. 
 
"Well, it's kind of hard to take because we've been here for a long time and made a lot of friends and neighbors," said Phil Hicks.
 
"You look forward to better things, but then you have a little bit of sorrow in your heart because of maybe special bonds and things that you had here in the park," said Phil Hicks' wife, Linda Hicks. 
 
Barbra Wylie is also struggling.
 
She says she won't be able to leave by midnight. 
 
"I have no place else to go," said Wylie.
 
Wylie says she found a new place to go, but doesn't have the money to move her things.
 
Scott County deputies say everyone has had enough notice.
 
They were told months ago this day was coming.
 
The owners went bankrupt and ongoing sewage problems haven't exactly made this a great place to live, but, it seems not everyone will be gone by midnight.
 
Anyone still here after that can be forcefully evicted. 
 
 
"The landlords will have to go through the court process to forcefully evict them," said Tom Gibbs, Scott County chief deputy.
 
Wylie expects that will happen to her.
 
"We have to stick it out and stay here until, I guess basically until we get evicted."
 
Linda and Phil Hicks will stay with friends for the time being, and they're praying for somewhere permanent to stay. 
 
"It'll work out. God has a special place. It's just, it doesn't always work out the way you think it will." 
 
Chief Deputy Tom Gibbs tells me he isn't too worried that the soon to be vacant property will see a spike in crime.
 
However, he warns that anyone caught in the park who is not with a resident will be charged with trespassing.

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