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Hundreds left without homes after flooding in Prince William County

Saturday - 9/10/2011, 3:41pm  ET

Everto Carranza was a resident of Holly Acres Mobile Home Park before s flash flood wiped out the park Thursday. He lost his home and all his belongings, but got out safetly with his wife and four kids. He helped save others while in a canoe. He is pictured here at Woodbridge Senior High School (which is being used as temporary emergency shelter) with his 3-year-old daughter Emily in a Red Cross blanket. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

Kathy Stewart,

WASHINGTON -- Unstoppable flooding took everything from residents at a mobile home park in Woodbridge on Thursday. Now, they're trying to figure out what's next.

About 200 of these residents stayed at the Woodbridge Senior High School for the second night on Friday. The school is being used as a temporary emergency shelter.

Everto Carranza, who is staying at the high school, spoke to WTOP while holding his three-year-old daughter Emily, wrapped in a Red Cross blanket. Carranza and his family lived at the Holley Acres Mobile Home Park in Prince William County, but Thursday's torrential rains caused flash flooding, wiping out the entire trailer park and leaving cars in trees.

The trailer park is located adjacent to the Marumsco Creek, which saw massive flooding.

The 39-year-old says he had never seen anything like it before, "We were swimming," he says. Carranza says the water was nearly 12 feet deep in some places.

Now, Carranza says he has only the clothes on his back, but he feels blessed to have gotten out safely with his wife and four kids. He managed to escape the rising waters in a canoe, which he used to transport people out of the area who had been stuck on the roofs of their mobile homes.

Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi says Prince William County condemned Holly Acres Mobile Home Park on Friday night and well over 100 homes are not accessible.

Principi is thankful there were no in deaths in this disaster, and says the first priority is to get flood victim's basic needs met. Secondly, he says, they will need to find housing.

The shelter is providing basic health care to the victims, Principi says. However, some of the folks staying there are diabetics without their insulin because it was swept away in the floods.

Principi says to help, people can go online and make a donation to the Prince William County chapter of the Red Cross. The county did declare of state of emergency on Thursday.

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