Grand Canyon Chapter Closes Shelter for Supai Flooding Evacuees

Red Cross shelter
Residents were to be helicoptered – two or three at a time – from within the Grand Canyon to Hualapai Hilltop, then bused more than an hour to Peach Springs, but nobody showed at the shelter.

PEACH SPRINGS (Aug. 2, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter closed its shelter Friday morning in Peach Springs for residents of Supai, all members of the Havasupai Tribe, which lost its access to potable water because of severe flooding over the weekend.

The Red Cross packed up 30 cots at 8 a.m. Friday, vacating the multipurpose building of the Hualapai Tribe’s administrative offices in Peach Springs after no Supai residents registered Wednesday or Thursday. Residents were to be helicoptered – two or three at a time – from within the Grand Canyon to Hualapai Hilltop, then bused more than an hour to Peach Springs, but nobody showed at the shelter. Anyone requiring assistance from the Red Cross should call 1-800-842-7349.

Flooding in Supai on Saturday afternoon and Sunday night knocked out the Havasupai Tribe’s well water pump and its backup generator, as water levels climbed as high as 15 feet on both days. St. Mary’s Food Bank transported about 30,000 bottles of water Thursday morning from Phoenix to Hualapai Hilltop, and the 20 pallets were helicoptered into the Grand Canyon.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.