In February 2012, residents of Riverdale Mobile Park, in Jersey Shore, PA, learned of their eviction and the 37 low-income families were given four weeks to move. Aqua America-PVR bought the park to build a water-withdrawal pipeline to serve the natural gas industry. Uprooted follows three families, as they deal with the emotional and financial consequences of an eviction as they attempt to rebuild what they lost.
April Daniels, 24, loads her belongings onto a truck with her sister, Summer. They are relocating to Corners Trailer Park in Jersey Shore, PA.
Jeanna Daniels, 4, plays outside in her new neighborhood, Corners Trailer Park in Jersey Shore, PA.
On the last morning in Riverdale Mobile Park, Alexa Daniels, 14, looks out at the remains of her neighborhood. Her parents, April and Eric, surrendered their home to Aqua America because they could not afford the moving costs.
Diane Smith, 58, talks with her mother on the phone about the eviction. She lived in Riverdale Mobile Park for fifteen years and thought she would retire there.
Residents and volunteers join hands to pray for the families that were forced to leave and the residents that have nowhere to go, Riverdale Mobile Park, Jersey Shore, PA.
Jeanna, 4, helps her mother and an anti-fracking activist paint signs in front of Riverdale Mobile Park. A few weeks before the eviction, "fracktivists" arrived on the property and set-up camp. They wanted to help the remaining residents and try to stop the construction of the water withdrawal pipeline.
Diane Smith, 58, smokes a cigarette while waiting anxiously for her trailer to be moved from Riverdale Mobile Park to Loyalsock Pennsylvania, a small township 30 miles northwest from Jersey Shore. She endured many sleepless nights because she is worried her trailer will fall apart on Interstate 220.
Bill Whyne, 73, leaves for his dialysis treatment. He and his wife, Betty Whyne, 83, lived in the trailer they surrendered for fifty years and had to move into an elderly high-rise in Williamsport, PA. They both miss sitting on their porch and describe this building as "living in a prison."
Sunrise in Riverdale Mobile Park, Jersey Shore, PA.
April Daniels, 24, is exhausted from packing. As a former foster child, this trailer held special meaning because it became her first true home when she and her husband bought it in 2009.
Diane Smith, 58, waters a bleeding heart that she planted over her cat's grave. Two weeks after moving, Kitty became ill and passed away. She buried the cat near the river, in her old community of Riverdale, before access to the community was restricted.