Eagle mobile home park residents looking for answers after flood

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 19:13:58-04

Residents of an Eagle mobile home park have been out of their homes for more than a week after flooding forced them to evacuate.

Most of the water at Riviera Estates has receded, but residents are still without power and water to their homes.

"Everybody was here helping and working together to make things happen, but, now, it's like old news," Tony Fratto, Riviera Estates resident, said. 

Fratto and his family have been staying in a motel for ten days, but even after help from the red cross and money from a GoFundMe account, they say they can't afford to stay there any longer. 

"It's the hardest thing in the world, especially for somebody like me," Fratto said. "I've always provided for my family and made sure that we were alright, and now I have to sit down with them and tell them we don't have anywhere to go."

Ada County spokeswoman Kate McGwire said allowing residents back into the park to live would be a safety issue. 

"We need to make sure that water wells have not been contaminated," McGwire said. "Utilities need to be reassessed. We want to make sure that all the equipment is working properly, and we are going to have to go in and assess each individual home to make sure that it's safe for residents to get back in."

Fratto said he's made numerous calls to the county and to Idaho Power to ask when he and his family will be allowed back in their home.

"Ninety percent of the water is gone now, and why is our power still off?" he said. "It doesn't make sense to us."

County officials said they're doing the best they can to get residents back in their homes and are trying to keep residents updated with posted information.

"There hasn't been a bulletin board up for five days," Fratto said. "It's like they just tell you what you want to hear and, oh well, forget about you."