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Red Cross providing shelter for residents displaced by Eagle flooding

Holly decided it was time to take her eight-year-old son, Wyatt, out of their mobile home Wednesday night when she was told they were going to lose power. (KBOI photo)

Around 15 residents of the Riviera Estates mobile home park will be sleeping at the Nazarene Church in Eagle.

The Red Cross has set up temporary shelter and food to any residents impacted by the flood.

KBOI 2’s Devan Kaney spoke with a mother and son who left their home in the park last night.

“It’s scary. Especially when you’re a mom,” said resident Holly Haskins.

Holly decided it was time to take her eight-year-old son, Wyatt, out of their mobile home Wednesday night when she was told they were going to lose power.

“I Wanted to have him somewhere where there was heat and food for school,” Holly said.

The Haskins are staying at a friend’s house with their two large dogs, but other neighbors like Holly’s sister – who is living in a tent – might not be so lucky.

“It’s scary. It’s really, really overwhelming you know saying goodbye to people,” Holly said. “You know ‘we’ll see you, hopefully you don’t lose your place’ or you know, ‘good luck to you’ when they were your neighbors just yesterday.”

Residents of the park don’t know when, and if they will be able to move back in.

“As far as I know, I’ve heard a couple months to indefinitely. I mean if our sewer water mixes with our drinking water we won’t be able to move back in and that’s a scary thought,” Holly said.

That’s why the Red Cross stepped in. They are providing meal and a place to stay to anyone affected by the flood.

“You’re welcome at the Red Cross,” said volunteer Jeromy Cross. “We will do everything we possibly can to make sure you have a place to sleep, food to eat, that you don’t have to worry about the basic necessities of life, and you can focus on rebuilding your life afterwards.”

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