West Ada

Ada County issues mandatory evacuation of Eagle mobile homes

The Board of Ada County Commissioners will issue an official mandatory evacuation notice Monday morning covering about 80 homes in Eagle between Hatchery, Artesian and Trout roads.

Residents in the Riviera Estates Mobile Home Park and the mobile home park just to the north on Dolson and Pitkin lanes are being told to vacate by Monday. The move was announced Friday to give residents the weekend to make arrangements to relocate.

“Public safety has always been our No. 1 concern,” said Commission Chairman Dave Case. “It’s not safe for these residents or our emergency responders, so that’s why we’re asking people to evacuate.”

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies will restrict access to the neighborhood starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

A Red Cross shelter was established Wednesday night after rising water at Riviera prompted many residents to leave, but the shelter was placed on standby Friday “as there is no need for the shelter at this time,” said Anna Fernández-Gevaert, regional communications director for the American Red Cross of Idaho and Montana.

Fernández-Gevaert said 12 people signed up to stay at the shelter on Thursday night, but she was uncertain how many actually stayed there. It was hosted by Eagle Church of the Nazarene.

Electricity was temporarily cut off to some of the mobile homes after the 43-unit park was inundated by water that reached nearly 2 feet deep in spots. The power was still out to 10 homes Friday.

Fernández-Gevaert said the shelter can be reactivated quickly if it is needed. She suggests anyone in need of Red Cross help call 1-800-272-6668 and ask for the duty officer on call.

The Idaho Humane Society can house pets for displaced residents.