Disaster/Environmental Emergency: Water shortage and forest fire | Arizona
Impact on Tribe: On June 21, 2017, PWNA received an Emergency Declaration regarding a critically low water supply in Cibecue, Arizona, affecting our residents. The water shortage was due to a failed water system/pump and the community was reportedly functioning on about 5% of its normal water supply. Then on June 25, lightning started the “Hilltop fire” about 30 miles northwest of San Carlos on the Fort Apache Reservation. The fire burned for a month, at one point putting Cedar Creek and Canyon Day communities under pre-evacuation notices, and limiting visibility along nearby highway 60.
PWNA Aid Requested: On June 21, emergency aid was requested in the form of water, but when the fire started, it worsened the situation. PWNA coordinated its water response with Carlos Valadez from the Whiteriver Emergency Operations Center, who was referred to PWNA by Preeo Johnson, a previous program partner. PWNA also coordinated a second shipment of rescue equipment with the White Mountain Apache Fire Department.
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