Dozens of People in Kennewick Forced to Vacate Their Homes
The City of Kennewick is asking everyone who lives in the Columbia Dr. Mobile Home Park to vacate their homes and not return until an electrical issue is fixed.
Manny Cuevas said he is going to have to sleep in his car tonight and probably every night until this problem is fixed.
According to the city, it has been working with the manageing partner of the trailer park to fix old powerlines that no longer meet code.
Kennewick Fire Marshal Mark Yaden said the power lines are unsafe and can cause fires, so they turned the power off.
The managing partner of the trailer park said he's been working on it and still needs more time but he said it just isn't right that all of these families have to find somewhere else to live.
Many of these families have young children and now they're unsure of where to go from here.
The managing partner said he hopes to have the problem fixed in no more than 10 days so that families can return to their homes.
The city said it's been asking that these power lines be replaced for more than 2 years and it says it warned everyone that today would be the day that they would have to vacate if codes were not met.
The city said it did direct the people who live there to the Community Action Committee to help them find temporary housing in the mean time.