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Shelly Signs Emergency Funding: Navajo Flooding

September 16
17:18 2013
Navajo Nation Flooding

Navajo Nation Flooding

On Friday, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly made a statement saying the Navajo Nation is responding to flash flooding in areas throughout the Navajo Nation. President Shelly has been getting regular updates about flooded communities during the recent heavy rains. He also urges all to use caution and don’t drive or cross flooded roadways.

Since July nearly 60 chapters have reported to the Navajo Department of Emergency seeking assistance for damages as a result of flooding. Issues have been from road washouts, road closures, rescue operations, shelter for flood victims and road clearing.

President Shelly signed a declaration of emergency in August regarding the flooding and plans are to update the declaration for recent flood events. Chinle was hardest hit by the recent floods as 22 people had to be evacuated from their homes. County and state emergency departments have all been coordinating efforts with the Navajo Department of Emergency Management along with the Red Cross, the Hopi Tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

On Friday, President Shelly also signed legislation that provides funding for as many as 75 new homes for Navajo veterans. The legislation amends the allocations to the Navajo Veterans Trust Fund. The bill allocates four percent of Navajo revenue to be equally split between the Navajo Veterans Trust Fund and the Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs. The money going to the Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs would be for housing.

To our veterans, I want to thank each and every one of you for the sacrifices you made for our country and our people. You helped make this Navajo way of life possible,”

President Shelly said.

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