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Still waiting to rebuild at Weston’s Mobile Home Park in Berlin

BERLIN — Paul Premo, 70, escaped the flood with only the shirt on his back.

His neighbor Bob and Patty Goodell grabbed their cat and drove to higher ground where they slept in their car for the night.

Premo said in the days after Tropical Storm Irene swamped Weston’s Mobile Home Park, there was talk of sewage in the floodwaters. He saw pools of kerosene throughout the park.

Saturday, displaced resident Sandra Gaffney led a news conference at the park to address the residents’ recovery issues. Seventy homesin the park were destroyed.

Gaffney is just one of a growing number of mobile home park residents who have formed a group called Mobile Home Park Residents for Equality & Fairness, designed to give voice to mobile home owners. Gaffney and others spoke about the lack of assistance to their specific needs …

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