Trailer Park Condemned For Sewage Problems

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Hundreds of people are being evicted from their homes after a sewage system was considered unstable by the Ingham County Health Department.

"It started in my bathtub and made it's way to my bathroom floor," said resident Chrystal Byrd.

"The issues are horrible and they (Owners of Life O'Riley) don't want to do anything," said resident Kevin Verlinde.

The Life O'Riley mobile home park and campground in Lansing was notified Tuesday morning of the condemnation order per ICHD. Residents have ten days to get out.
It won't be easy, a majority of the people living in the park are elderly and disabled, but the city is determined to help everyone relocate.

According to ICHD, sewage on the ground and a crumbling sewer system lead to the imminent public health threat.

"The issues that have been ongoing are at a point where they're not being resolved," said Christine Hendrickson, spokesperson for ICHD.

"I've had sewer completely covering my bathroom floor and my hallways. It's been happening for a little over a month," said Byrd.

We tried to talk to Life O'Riley management, but they declined to comment.

There are more than 80 homes in the park. The City of Lansing's Human Relations Department is working with ICHD to make sure everyone finds somewhere to relocate.

"Not one person will be going to a homeless shelter I guarantee you that," said Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson, Director of Lansing's Human Relations Community Services Department.

Everyone was told they should be looking at relocating permanently. It's unlikely the mobile home park will be opened back up in the near future, if ever.

The city won't be able to relocate everyone without help from the community. If you would like to donate cash or gently used furniture to help out families from Life O'Riley call 517-483-4477.


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