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.