Flooding in small AZ city prompts evacuations

Navajo Nation officers ordered evacuations Sunday for some residents of Chinle after floodwaters stuffed washes and overflowed berms and dust dams.

They mentioned many residents are refusing to depart, nevertheless, as a result of they need to shield their property and livestock.

Tribal officers mentioned water from Tsaile Lake and Wheatfields Lake was flowing down the Chinle Wash.


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The Navajo Nation has ordered evacuations Sunday for some residents of Chinle, Arizona.

The tribe declared a state of emergency Jan. 19 after heavy snow hit components of the huge reservation, which covers components of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, leaving flooding and muddy roads.

Latest snowmelts then stuffed lakes and led to water runoffs in Chinle, which has a inhabitants of about 4,500.

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Navajo Nation police and Apache County crews had been attempting to relocate residents of the small city to greater floor.

Drones had been getting used to observe the flooding and volunteers had been filling sandbags for residents.

Authorities mentioned no fatalities have been reported.

Peter Johnson