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2/5/2013 4:48:00 PM
Governor Brewer issues Emergency Declaration for Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation and northern Arizona counties
Frigid temperatures lead to property damage, water shortages
Navajo-Hopi Observer


PHOENIX - Governor Jan Brewer issued a Declaration of Emergency today in response to unusually cold temperatures that froze pipes and caused water shortages affecting the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation and parts of Apache, Coconino and Navajo counties.

Beginning in January, parts of northern Arizona experienced extreme sub-freezing temperatures caused by an arctic air mass. Record or near record-low temperatures resulted in significant damage to potable water pipes in the area. The damage has caused a shortage of drinking water that threatens public safety and the operation of schools and businesses.

Given the scope of the damage, the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation have each declared a State of Emergency.

Governor Brewer is authorized to declare a State of Emergency and release an initial $200,000 from the General Fund.

The declaration declares that a State of Emergency exists on the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation across Apache, Coconino and Navajo Counties effective January 12.

The Adjutant General is authorized to mobilize and activate the Arizona National Guard if necessary to assist in the protection of life and property throughout the state.

The Arizona State Forestry (AZSF) Division is also contributing to relief efforts. This morning, AZSF sent two 3,000-gallon potable water tenders to the Navajo Indian Reservation, with plans to provide further assistance.

More information including emergency updates, preparedness and hazard information, and multimedia resources is available at www.AzEIN.gov.







Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: susan wiley

thank god their is people like u in office out their. every one is human and every one deserve to be treat with the most upper respect..thank u for helping them.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Nathan L

The Navajo nation should become the 51st State in the USA. Then we would not have to ask, other states for such things, wasting time and more money.
As the State of Navajo, we would have it already done on the federal level. Also think of the jobs our state would create.




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