HEARTLAND FLOOD: Paradise Lakes residents consider legal action against owners

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Residents of Paradise Lakes said they're ready to take legal action against the owners of the community if they have to.

The flood victims want their damage deposits back and are not willing to risk their health to get the money.

"It's a little intimidating. We're not really confrontational, so it's a little strange, but we just want to do the right thing and have them do the right thing," resident Bridgette Witzke said.

The mobile home park was destroyed in the flood and is so contaminated it has to be torn down.

"The smell is atrocious. It just burns your nostrils. It's disgusting," Justyn Witzke said.

The pair is among the majority of flood victims at the community who said they shouldn't be stuck with the cleanup.

The owners said to clean up or forfeit a damage deposit.

"They're just going to demolish everything anyways, so what's the purpose of us paying to bring dumpsters down here, put all our energy into it and risk the potential sickness, cuts from carrying things out and all those things that could happen?" Bridgette Witzke asked.

The Gonzales family said they're willing to go back into their home to gather what they can of the valuable items, but that cleaning the entire place up isn't worth the risk.

Tomas Gonzales said he talked to a lawyer and will join in on any group legal action if he doesn't get back his damage deposit.

"We do what the law says and send letter to the owner. We give them 14 days for an answer and they don't answer, we're going to take action. Legal," he said.

Legal Aid of Nebraska confirmed they've heard from residents of Paradise Lakes but won't say what actions might be taken on their behalf at this time.