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Manna Christian changed forever after 2008 floods

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A resident waits on top of his mobile home as the Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs flooded on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Continuous rain from Tropical Storm Fay and other storms inland, caused a sheet flow from local tributaries, flooding the park. Residents were under voluntary evacuation.

Naples Daily News File Photo A resident waits on top of his mobile home as the Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs flooded on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Continuous rain from Tropical Storm Fay and other storms inland, caused a sheet flow from local tributaries, flooding the park. Residents were under voluntary evacuation.

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Roberto Villalpando, left, kisses his five-month-old daughter Jazmine in September of 2008 during a memorial day picnic celebration put on for Bonita Springs flood victims by the American Red Cross at the Estero Community Center shelter.  Villalpando, who lived east of 75, is unsure how long they'll have to remain in the shelter but added his landlord has been helping him and other residents by negating rent until they're able to come back.  Michel Fortier/Staff
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A resident waits on top of his mobile home as the Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs flooded on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Continuous rain from Tropical Storm Fay and other storms inland, caused a sheet flow from local tributaries, flooding the park. Residents were under voluntary evacuation.
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A Manna Christian RV Park resident, who refused to give her name, tries to enter the flooded park on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Lee County code enforcement inspectors and health department officials started the process of looking at the damage constant flooding has caused Manna Christian. Code enforcement officials said they estimate 145 homes to be in violation of code.
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Ricardo Tomas loads a suitcase full of his belongings onto the flatbed of his truck after evacuating his home in the Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs on Saturday, August 23, 2008.
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Doris Alfaro bags a family painting as she prepared to evacuate Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs on Saturday, August 23, 2008, after continuous rain from Tropical Storm Fay and other storms inland, caused a sheet flow, flooding the park. Residents were under voluntary evacuation.
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A Lee County Animal Services truck makes it's way out of Manna Christian RV Park along Bonita Beach Road in 2008 where flood waters had receded slightly since making the RV park uninhabitable.  Animal services went in to the park,  and Saldivar Camp as well,  to feed and rescue animals caught out by the flood as their owners had to flee without them.
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Charles Walther of the Lee County Health Department, walks beside the flood waters of the Manna Christian RV Park on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Lee County code enforcement inspectors and health department officials started the process of looking at the damage constant flooding has caused Manna Christian. Code enforcement officials said they estimate 145 homes to be in violation of code.
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Daniel Barrientos, left, and his wife San Juana, right, carry their belongings out of Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs on Saturday, August 23, 2008, after continuous rain from Tropical Storm Fay and other storms inland, caused a sheet flow from local tributaries, flooding the park. Residents were under voluntary evacuation.
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Bonita Spring Fire Deputy Chief Dan Ryan, right, hands a bag full of belongings to Ezequiel Cruz, right, after being evacuated from Manna Christian Missionary RV Park, in Bonita Springs on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Continuous rain from Tropical Storm Fay and other storms inland, caused a sheet flow, flooding the park. Residents were under voluntary evacuation.
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It was supposed to be move out day for Norma Peraltas and her family on Thursday, a day before the Red Cross shelter at Estero Community Park shuts it's doors in October of 2008.  Comforted by Red Cross volunteer Carmen Nunoz, Peraltas had discovered she may not be able to move into the apartment she thought.
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Estero Community Center has been turned into a shelter by the American Red Cross, housing more than 400 people displaced by flood waters in 2008.
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Maria Sanchez and her two sons, Brandon Sanchez, 3, background, and Brian Sanchez, 3, foreground, are served dinner by volunteers from Collier Harvest in 2008 at the Red Cross Shelter for Bonita Springs flood victims.  The food served came from two restaurants, Capital Grill Restaurant and the Cheescake Factory thanks to a new state law that allows restaurants to donate food without the risk of being sued.
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On Friday afternoon, 24 families residing in the newer post-Wilma section of Manna Christian in Bonita Springs were permitted to return to their homes after 5 weeks living in the Red Cross Shelter at the Estero Community Center. Maria Rivera packs up her children's school books at the shelter in preparation to return home in 2008.
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A Lee County Animal Services truck makes it's way out of Manna Christian RV Park along Bonita Beach Road in September of 2008 after  flood waters  began to recede.  Animal services went in to the park to feed and rescue animals caught out by the flood as their owners had to flee without them.
  • Michel Fortier/StaffEstero Community Center has been turned into a shelter by the American Red Cross, housing more than 400 people displaced by flood waters in August of 2008.
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Esther Garcia and her two daughters, Anelly Garcia, 15, and Janet Garcia, 1, prepare to move out of the Red Cross shelter in October of 2008 at the Estero Community Park which will close it's doors at 1pm on Friday.  The Garcias were fortunate enough to find a new home but worry the cost of living there, $500 a month more than what they were paying at Manna Christian, will force them to become a two income family with the father already working in construction.
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Red Cross volunteer Delven DeJesus holds the door open for Norma Cuellar and her family, who moved out of the shelter at Estero Community Park in 2008.  Having broke her leg the day prior, her brother is driving the family down to Brownsville where full time employment and less expensive living promises a new future for the single mother of three.
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In 2008, a trailer lies gutted, inside and out, at Manna Christian RV park in East Bonita Springs on Monday.  Much of the park is a ghost town of flooded, ruined and even burned trailers and other garbage.  A small portion of the park contines to be inhabited.
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Red Cross disaster chair Carlene Sharples, left and shelter manager Bill Rice, right, remove the signs on the front of the Estero Community Center building in October of 2008 with the official close of shelter operations.  Operations refocused on cleanup and packing up of essential supplies.
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An inhabitant of Manna Christian RV Park in East Bonita rides through the deserted part of the park in November of 2008.  Much of the park is a ghost town of flooded, ruined and even burned trailers and other garbage.  A small portion of the park continues to be inhabited.
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A year after flood waters threw the community of Manna Christian into chaos, normal life seems to have returned albeit with a much-dwindled community in 2008.  Out of work, Jose Hernandez worked around the house, keeping it tidy and hoping work comes his way so he can support his wife and four children.  Although he feels rent is too high, there's no where else he feels he can go.
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Situated in an inhabited part of the park, Jovensio Ilario, left, and Miguel Jose install a new tile floor in their trailer at Manna Christian RV park in East Bonita Springs in 2008.  Much of the park is a ghost town of flooded, ruined and even burned trailers and other garbage.  A small portion of the park continues to be inhabited.
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Danny Cruz, 6, right, sits on his tricycle in the shade of the front porch with his mother Maria Cruz, background center, brother John Mike Cruz, 3 months, background center, and family friend Maria 
Gonzalez, background right, in 2009 at Manna Christian in Bonita Springs.  A year after flood waters threw the community of Manna Christian into chaos, normal life seems to have returned to the dwindled community.
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Floridalma Bamaca sweeps away the leaves from her home in 2009 with her three-year-old daughter in tow.  Life is good according to Bamaca, after the Manna Christian community has returned to a somewhat normal existence a year after the floods.  Around 60 families remain in the compound.
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Oscar Amgrosico helps daughter Ashly, 3,  with her backpack as her school bus arrives in 2008 outside the gates at Manna Christian camp.  A year after flood waters threw the community of Manna Christian into chaos, normal life returned to the much-dwindled community with approximately 60 families remaining in the compound at the time.
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A year after flood waters threw the community of Manna Christian into chaos, normal life seems to have returned to the much-dwindled community.  Approximately 60 families remained late in 2008.
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Twenty four families residing in the newer post-Wilma section of Manna Christian in Bonita Springs were permitted to return to their homes after 5 weeks living in the Red Cross Shelter in 2008 at the Estero Community Center. Laticia Godoy carries the cleaning supplies provided by Red Cross inside from the car as her excited children play.

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