PEACH SPRINGS (Aug. 1, 2013) – Nobody registered Wednesday night at an American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter shelter in Peach Springs after residents of Supai, who are members of the Havasupai Tribe, were evacuated because of severe flooding they experienced over the weekend.
Red Cross volunteers set up cots and blankets at 6 p.m. Wednesday inside a multipurpose building of the Hualapai Tribe’s administrative offices in Peach Springs. Evacuees were to be helicoptered – two or three people at a time – from within the Grand Canyon to Hualapai Hilltop, then transported by bus to Peach Springs. If evacuees arrive, the Red Cross will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday, with snacks, water and coffee throughout the day, 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 has announced plans to transport about 30,000 bottles of water Thursday morning from Phoenix to Hualapai Hilltop, then the 20 pallets will be 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.