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10 Holly Acres mobile homes deemed unsafe

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Over two dozen adults at the Holly Acres Mobile Home Park may soon be without a home after Prince William County building inspectors say their mobile homes are unsafe to occupy.

Martin Gracia, a resident of Holly Acres, said, "I feel bad because that's the only place I have to live, and if they put me out of the house, I don't know what I' going to do."

This is the second time in 10 months the county has given such notice.

The Woodbridge Park community flooded last September during Tropical Storm Lee. Out of over 100 homes, half were deemed uninhabitable.

The county says it received a tip Tuesday that people were living in the trailers again, and that in some cases, extension cords were being run from homes that were legal to live in.

According to county officials, that's a potential fire hazard.

Prince William County Spokesman Jason Grant explained, "The property owner is aware of it. The management is aware of it, and the unfortunate aspect of it is what we found this morning is that the property manager is actually one of the trailers where electricity is being plugged into."

Signs are one again posted on 10 trailers saying no one can live in them, and the county is threatening to come back Tuesday night to make sure residents like Aurora Reyes and her four children are living there.

"We don't know where we are going to go at five o'clock tonight," Reyes said through a translator.

Two Prince William County officers, along with county officials, came to the property just after 5:30 p.m., but no one was arrested.

Residents in the affected mobile homes were told to unplug the extension cords attached to the homes that were deemed unsafe. Those residents are also not allowed to enter their homes.

Attorney for the mobile home park said they will be in court Thursday or Friday regarding the issue.

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