CHINLE (Sept. 11, 2013) – Seventeen people are staying Wednesday at a Navajo Nation shelter that the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is supporting in Chinle because of flooding caused Monday by heavy rain, and the flooding is also affecting residents in Many Farms and Rock Point.
Sixteen people who were evacuated from Many Farms are staying at a hotel in Chinle at the Navajo Nation's expense, and in Rock Point, five people are staying at a church after being evacuated and nine other families are awaiting evacuation. The Grand Canyon Chapter is providing meals, snacks, bottled water and coffee, as well as cots and blankets, at the shelter in Chinle, where the floodwaters are receding but school is still canceled due to heavy mud that continues to obstruct roadways.
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 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.