Ada County Orders Eagle Homeowners to Evacuate
The Board of Ada County Commissioners have issued a mandatory evacuation notice to the 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 asked to vacate by Monday. The entire closure area includes about 80 homes. The official notice of evacuation will be issued Monday morning. That gives residents the full weekend to make arrangements to relocate. No one will be forcibly evacuated.
“Public safety has always been our number one concern,” said Commissioner and Chairman of the Board Dave Case. “It’s not safe for these residents or our emergency responders so that’s why we’re asking people to evacuate.”
Standing water covers much of the north end of Riviera Estates – resulting in driveways, cars, gas meters, septic tanks, and other items under water. Residents should assume floodwater is contaminated with sewage from septic system disruption. At least 10 homes do not have access to power at this time and more are at risk if floodwaters rise.
There is also potential for floodwater to restrict access for police, fire fighters, and paramedics to respond to emergencies. Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies will restrict access to the neighborhood starting at 9 a.m. Monday May 22nd. Once that happens and people leave the neighborhood, they should not expect to get back in until the floodwaters recede.
A Red Cross shelter is standing by to assist displaced residents and will be stood up immediately at the Eagle Church of the Nazarene at 1001 W. State St to address sheltering needs. The Idaho Humane Society can house pets for displaced residents.