No mandatory evacuations have been ordered, but many residents of the Riviera Estates Mobile Home Park left for higher ground after their homes were surrounded by floodwaters measured at nearly 2 feet deep in some spots.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office, which includes Eagle police, notified residents of the 43-unit mobile home park that the neighborhood was unsafe because of rising Boise River levels and the utility issues, such as electricity and gas service, that resulted from flooding, ACSO spokesman Patrick Orr said Thursday morning. At least 10 of the mobile homes do not have power, Orr said.
The Red Cross announced late Wednesday that it was opening a shelter at Eagle Church of the Nazarene to help residents of the deluged mobile home park near Linder Road and Eagle Island State Park. As of 9:40 a.m. Thursday, no residents had come to the shelter, but a church spokeswoman said they were told to expect people “to trickle in” later in the day.
Rainfall coupled with increased water releases from Lucky Peak Reservoir early this week “sent some water out into areas over Eagle Island where it hasn’t been before,” Ada County Engineer Angie Gilman said at Riviera Estates Wednesday. “This is a low spot, and here’s where it’s collecting.”
On Thursday, the Boise River was running at 8,800 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Bridge, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
On Wednesday, Eagle firefighters, Ada County sheriff’s deputies and community members helped Riviera Estate residents place sandbags to protect the area from rising floodwaters.
Eagle Fire Chief Rusty Coffelt said firefighters were specifically sandbagging around the mobile home park’s pumphouse, provides potable water to the park’s residents.
Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, an Idaho Power technician at the scene measured a maximum water depth of about 20 inches. He said Idaho Power would continue to monitor the area.
Some residents are staying in their homes, and Coffelt said Wednesday he’s “not advising or anticipating the need to do an evacuation.”
“These mobile homes are built up higher, so they can take a lot of water,” the fire chief said. Roads and other areas of the mobile home park are submerged.