As the Des Plaines River crept onto their doorsteps, residents of Fox Point mobile home park were reluctant to leave their homes. Some were carried to safety by rescue workers as flood waters consumed the small mobile home community in April 2013. Many residents lived in a shelter at the Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center while they waited for waters to recede. After two weeks, the shelter closed and residents were told they could not return to Fox Point. With nowhere else to turn, they disobeyed these orders and returned to their homes. Many feel that Wheeling officials exaggerated damage claims in order to dismantle the park. Activists and some of the residents felt that the park was being targeted because of its 80% hispanic population.
Community members are already feeling the absences of those who chose not to fight the city. Some think the city is trying to develop the land, which sits just across the river from the Des Plaines River Trail. Longtime Fox Point resident Javier Barrera says, “this is not a million dollar home, for me this, it's a little box, but it's my house." Wheeling officials state they have no interest in the land. Despite an unsteady future, residents continue with their daily lives unsure of what the future holds.