PEACH SPRINGS (Aug. 1, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter expects to shelter as many as seven Supai residents Thursday night in Peach Springs after members of the Havasupai Tribe lost their access to potable water because of severe flooding over the weekend.
Two Supai residents are heading from Flagstaff to the multipurpose building of the Hualapai Tribe’s administrative offices in Peach Springs after they were helicoptered Wednesday night out of the Grand Canyon, and five Supai residents are being helicoptered Thursday afternoon out of the Grand Canyon. Nobody spent Wednesday night at the shelter, but the Red Cross still has cots and blankets set up for overnight stays, and if the evacuees arrive, the Red Cross will serve dinner Thursday, with snacks, water and coffee also available, as well as nurses and mental health volunteers.
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.
The Red Cross shelter can be reached 24 hours a day at 928-769-2535. Evacuated residents wanting to reconnect with loved ones are urged to register through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.safeandwell.org. Those wishing to make financial donations to the Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
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.