04 Dec Hurricane Harvey: The Last Chapter
The poorest people in our neighborhood lived in the Edgewood Trailer Park at the north end of our street. The whole thing flooded after Hurricane Harvey pumped the Brazos River up to a depth of more than 55 feet (by comparison, the river is running at less than 11 feet right now). The City of Richmond condemned most of the trailers and cottages in the park shortly after the floodwater receded. A few days later, the residents were informed they would be evicted if not out by Dec. 1. A bunch of big dumpsters have been hauled in, and the cottages are being dismantled by hand, right now probably, in between rainstorms.
I don’t know what’s become of the trailer park residents. Many didn’t speak English. A fair number of the men would walk across the road to the little convenience store every morning and wait outside for anyone who might need some day labor. A fair number probably didn’t have green cards. The word I’ve heard is that the park owner charged kind of a lot for rent, but didn’t ask questions. That was the trade-off.