Red Cross Assisting with Water Distribution

Grand Canyon - Fry's Water Donation

FLAGSTAFF (Jan. 30, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is working with community partners to provide drinking water for Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation residents who are facing water shortages caused by the subfreezing temperatures in the northeast portion of Arizona.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly declared a state of emergency Friday, citing waterlines that are in urgent need of repair and water storage containers that must soon be replenished. As many as 2,000 homeowners in the Window Rock area have been affected by waterline breakage, and people in Chinle, Dilkon, Kayenta and Pinedale have experienced water outages or low water pressure.

The Grand Canyon Chapter has collaborated with tribal, county and state authorities, including the Apache, Navajo and Coconino County Emergency Management offices, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Emergency Response Team in Flagstaff, to get the water distributed. It has received water from the Association of Arizona Food Banks, Fry’s Food Stores, Home Depot, Safeway and Walmart. From Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon Chapter transported water Wednesday to Kykotsmovi Village, and it will take water Thursday and Friday to Window Rock.

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.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.