CHATTAROY, Wash.-- Residents of the Riverside Village mobile home park in Chattaroy were just starting to make headway in their clean-up from a summer storm Saturday when a second hit. The storm blew over more trees and, once again, knocked out power for many residents who just had it restored in the days leading up to Saturday’s storm.
A storm in July ripped through the Riverside Village community. Work crews estimated nearly 300 large pine trees came crashing down on mobile homes, trapping at least one person inside.
Tensions ran high in the week following the thunderstorm as residents worked to repair the damage. Many of the tenants went days without water and waited more than a week to have power restored. Chaos erupted Thursday, leading to a physical brawl.
Just days later, wind knocked down more trees in the park on Saturday. No homes were hit during the second storm, but the community experienced a complete power outage again.
“We got the power back on and then the power went out again. Now I’m back on the generator,” said resident Curtis Bartle. “I thought a lot of trees were going to come down again. Quite a bit did, but luckily no one was hurt again.”
Once again, the community began working together to pick up the pieces. A job that will likely take weeks after not one, but two devastating storms.