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Mobile home residents alarmed as floodwaters wash away neighborhood

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MISSOULA -

Residents of Schmidt Road in Missoula are waiting and watching as pieces of their neighborhood are washed away by the flooding Clark Fork River. 

Thursday, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office released video of Schmidt Road, just off Mullan Road. The drone footage showed destruction of mobile homes and property in the area. At least two mobile homes have been washed off their foundations. At least one home has collapsed, a shed has collapsed and a vehicle reportedly floated away before eventually sinking. 

These sights of and stories of destruction don't do much to ease the minds of residents who under mandatory evacuation from Schmidt Road. 

One of those residents, Peggy Rennaker, is preparing for the worst. 

Rennaker has lived in her mobile home on Schmidt Road for about a year. She and several other residents were evacuated Tuesday. 

As the Clark Fork River reached major flood stage Thursday, Rennaker has no idea whether her home is still standing. 

"I just didn't think it was going to get really bad,” said Rennaker.

As water levels began to rise Rennaker said she scrambled to grab as many of her personal belongings as she could. 

She doesn't have insurance and is filled with uncertainty. 

"I feel terrible. I don't know what to do about it at this point. I haven't had the landlord say anything to me. I don't know what to do,” she said Thursday.

Captain Anthony Rio of the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said crews attempted to save the two mobile homes that washed away Wednesday, but the fast-moving Clark Fork River was just too dangerous. 

"We tried an operation yesterday," he said Thursday. "The county took some excavators down there and it was too unsafe."

Captain Rio said large debris and a fast current are causing delays for emergency crews. 

"One of the other things that we were doing with the [Army] Corps of Engineers is assessing some sort of temporary dyke put into in place to divert water away…that assessment is still being done,” Rio said Thursday.

While emergency crews will monitor the flooding from the air, residents like Peggy Rennaker can only remember what's left on the ground.

"I will be done with that place and move on,” said Rennaker.

Rennaker's daughter set up a fundraising page to assist her mother. 

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