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Over the weekend, the Tohono O’odham Nation Office of Emergency Management completed 50 home damage assessments within Districts impacted by Tropical Storm Rosa, including Gu Vo (11 homes), Pisinemo (17), Sif Oidak (20), and Hickiwan (2). Preliminary infrastructure assessments were also conducted by the Nation’s Planning Department, Natural Resources Department, and Tohono O'odham Utility Authority for public buildings and tribal utility systems. Damage assessments will continue in the coming days, including road assessments and comprehensive cost estimates.

Over the weekend, the Tohono O’odham Nation Office of Emergency Management completed 50 home damage assessments within Districts impacted by Tropical Storm Rosa, including Gu Vo (11 homes), Pisinemo (17), Sif Oidak (20), and Hickiwan (2). Preliminary infrastructure assessments were also conducted by the Nation’s Planning Department, Natural Resources Department, and Tohono O'odham Utility Authority for public buildings and tribal utility systems. Damage assessments will continue in the coming days, including road assessments and comprehensive cost estimates.

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.

The Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross, American Red Cross of Northern Arizona and the American Red Cross of Southern Arizona are actively preparing for next week’s arrival of, what is currently, Hurricane Rosa and what could be significant rainfall and flooding.  Red Cross Volunteers and staff from across the Region are in communication with local Emergency Managers and have already developed comprehensive staffing plans, operational guidelines and are working with in-house and meteorological experts to pre-deploy supplies and resources to areas of the state that are project

Visitors to Mt. Graham are advised to use extra caution due to monsoonal storms and increased potential for flooding.

Heavy rainfall may cause downstream flooding of streams, canyons, roads and trails during and after storms. On Mt. Graham, runoff and flooding may be accelerated from the burn scar of the 2017 Frye Fire, as vegetative cover has been lost and water, soil, rocks and woody debris may move swiftly downslope without warning.

State Route 366 has reopened on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona after a six-week closure due to the danger of flooding and debris flows after the Frye Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The road, also known as Swift Trail, connects with US 191 about 20 miles south of Safford. It had been closed at Ladybug Saddle near milepost 131, but as of Thursday, Sept. 14, it’s open again to Columbine at milepost 143.

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