Shelter opens in Thermal for flood evacuees; community meeting planned Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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Sep 12

Shelter opens in Thermal for flood evacuees; community meeting planned Wednesday at 10 a.m.

An emergency shelter has been opened at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal to house residents from Duroville mobile home park and others who evacuate because of damage caused Tuesday by floodwaters.
As county officials continue their response to the floods, Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit announced plans for community meeting Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the shelter to inform residents about the situation and the county's ongoing plans for the emergency.
Riverside County teams responded Tuesday morning after thunderstorms flooded several areas in and around Mecca, including Duroville at 68th and Pierce streets and St. Anthony’s mobile home park on Highway 111. The shelter at the high school opened late Tuesday. It replaces an evacuation site Riverside County and the American Red Cross established around noon Tuesday at the Mecca Family and Farm Workers Services center in Mecca.
The evacuation site shifted to a shelter when the second of two water wells failed Tuesday evening at Duroville, formally known as Desert Mobile Home Park. The shelter, established by the county and the American Red Cross, initially will be able to house about 50 people but could expand to handle up to 100. Plans for expanding shelter space further are being discussed in case needs exceed capacity, officials said.
Two feet of water reportedly flooded Duroville Tuesday morning, when park officials estimated that as many as 1,500 residents were at  home. County officials arranged to have bottled water delivered to the park and helped park managers assess concerns about sewage ponds that overflowed because of floodwaters. County officials, who do not have jurisdiction because the park is on tribal land, recommended that park residents boil their water but not use it as drinking water.
In other areas, flooding was reported Tuesday at Saul Martinez Elementary School in Mecca. A number of roads in the area also flooded. More information about road flooding is available at

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