Rainfall Produces Unprecedented Flooding On Tohono O’odham Nation

Rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Rosa has produced unprecedented levels of flooding on the Tohono O’odham Nation, particularly in the vicinity of the Menagers Dam Community. The floodwaters have rendered road access to the community impassable and air access has been limited due to weather conditions.

Menagers Dam residents needed to move as far to the north end of the community as possible due to rising floodwaters and uncertainty over the integrity of the dam.

The Nation’s Executive Office is preparing an emergency declaration for the affected areas.

Tohono O’odham Nation emergency services evacuated more than 30 members of the Nation’s Kohatk Village in Pinal County. The water in the adjacent wash was running extremely high and continuing to overflow the berms to flood the community.


    • yáʼátʼééh is Dine or Navajo. The Tohono O’odham has the Uto-Aztecan language Their greeting word is Shap kaij.

      • Wow! what can I say, I’m a native of Tucson, used to be the Tohono O’odham were called ‘papago’s’ which is what I learned as a kid – it’s hard to keep up with the changing reality.. I’m old, don’t know how long I’ll need all this new knowledge, but it is fun. Used to service the Dine reservation doing IHS. Going to this ‘rain flooded area often back in the late 80’s, nice drive. I like eating fresh tortillas under the roof

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