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Trailer Park On Staten Island Prepares For Isabel

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Hundreds of residents of a mobile harm park on Staten Island were battening down the hatches as Hurricane Isabel made landfall Thursday.

Raymond Morales tied his carport roof to his Volkswagen Bug, hoping to prevent it from being driven away from the high winds.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.

Wind is one concern at the Goethals Garden Homes, the other is flooding; the mobile park home is adjacent to a pond, part of a wetlands preserve.

“We had to fix our steps yesterday, because they were kind of weak and I knew wind was going to take them right out,” said Goethals resident Frank Vega. “We didn’t want to take any chances.”

“We don’t know how the bottom will hold out,” said Karen Freeo of her mobile home. “I’m not too sure; I’ve never been here during a bad wind or rain.

Freeo says she hasn't done too much to storm-proof her home yet, hoping Isabel will avoid the area.

“I know I have to do the windows, but I was waiting until it got a little closer, just in case it blew out,” she said. “What are the chances of that, though? My luck hasn’t been that great.”

Tanya Espinosa has put her lawn furniture away in a shed and put a bag of cedar bark in her trash cans, so they won't blow away. She is confident her home will ward off Isabel's wrath.

“These mobile homes are very well-built,” said Espinosa, “so I don’t think there will be any problem here.”

Fellow resident Muriel McCormick is not only confident, she’s a tad skeptical.

“They do this all the time,” she said. “They get you prepared — buy this, buy that — but nothing hits you.”

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