Meeting planned Saturday for displaced Riviera Estates residents

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 20:29:39-04

Dry one day, flooding the next. Displaced folks due to flooding at the Riviera Estates in Eagle are frustrated.

However, officials say it's not canal water making its way back into the mobile home park. They say the water is coming from both the north and south channels of the Boise River flow.

Only a few residents are still living there without power, some relying on generators and barbecues. They feel like they're getting the runaround, while officials say updates are posted on a board in the neighborhood.

"They tell you to get a hold of Idaho Power. So, you call Idaho Power and they say, 'Oh no, you need to call Ada County.' So you call Ada County, they say you need to call Idaho Power, you call the power company [for updates]," says  J.R. VanHoover, who is still staying at the Riviera Estates. "And, what little bit of information you get... you get from everybody... and everybody has a different story."

"This is not just a Riviera Mobile Home Park issue," says Chief Patrick Calley with the Ada County Sheriff's Office. "The entire Boise River is rising, and any place adjacent to the banks or anywhere there's water is at a risk."

On Saturday, June 3 residents are encouraged to attend a meeting near the pump house. It starts at 10:15 a.m.

Even when the water dries up for good, Calley says all utilities will have to be assessed. It's a process that could take up to two weeks.

The evacuation shelter at the Eagle Church of the Nazarene is in stand-by mode and can be activated at anytime. Anyone in need is advised to call 1-800-272-6668 and ask for the duty officer on call.

The Idaho Humane Society can house pets, free of charge, for displaced residents.