What's next for Riverside Village storm cleanup

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 2 at 9:05 AM

CHATTAROY, Wash. -- Residents at a Chattaroy mobile home park were still without power Friday and things look to stay that way for the time being.

Heavy machinery began picking up fallen trees at Riverside Village Mobile Home Park nine days after a storm hit.

On Thursday, emotions flared and a brawl between residents because of the power outage. By Friday, the massive task of cleaning up was back underway.

Joan Groom was at home when a tree came crashing into her kitchen. She is working with the Red Cross to figure out where she and others with condemned homes will go.

“I’ll just keep waiting. I’ll wait for a year or two until they finally have to kick me out of here,” said Groom.

Volunteers from New Hope Church are busy assessing what can be saves. Others are bringing food and more generators and the work crews are still removing massive pine trees.

Half of the property still does not have power. Inland Power has to wait to restore electricity to each home until every tree is cleared. This could be a factor playing into resident’s tempers.

Some residents said they would be pressing charges and filing restraining orders after the assault. 
 

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