An Arizona DOT official redirects traffic from the closed Interstate 17 late last week in Flaghstaff. Northern Arizona has been hit by near-record levels of snow that is wreaking havoc on the Navajo Nation. (AP photo)
Wait – don’t click on past this, thinking you’ve read it before. Well, you have, in a sense – but it applied to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
Blizzards and ice storms in that state nearly shut down Cheyenne River, cutting electrical and water supplies, and forcing the evacuation of dialysis patients. (See previous posts here and here.)
The Southwest likewise has been socked by bad weather, with the Navajo Nation receiving nearly two feet of snow in several areas. Conditions remained so bad that helicopters delivering emergency supplies were ground today, the Arizona Daily Star reports here.
A main emergency center in Window Rock is keeping track of command posts established at chapter houses around the reservation, the Navajo Times reports here:
Selena Manychildren, public information officer for the center, said the priority is assisting people who are snowed in, along with the elderly, children and those with medical needs.
Throughout the week, relief personnel have been assessing remote locations to identify individuals and families who may still be trapped. Assessments are relayed back to the chapters and the chapter officials identify and prioritize the needs for their areas.
People should try to contact their chapter houses if they need assistance, Manychildren said.
Earlier this week, the Navajo Nation Council appropriated $1 million in emergency relief funds to help with those efforts.
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