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Arizona governor declares disaster for Navajo and Hopi tribes





Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe.

Both tribes have been dealing with severe winter weather issues. There have been frozen pipes and water shortages on both reservations since the middle of last month.

"Record or near record-low temperatures have resulted in significant damage to potable water infrastructure in the area," Brewer's office said in a press release. "The magnitude of the damage has caused a shortage of drinking water that threatens public safety and the operation of basic infrastructure, including schools and businesses."

Brewer signed the declaration of emergency on Tuesday.

Get the Story:
Governor Brewer issues Emergency Declaration for Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation and northern Arizona counties (The Navajo-Hopi Observer 2/5)
Brewer declares emergency for northern Arizona water shortage (The Arizona Republic 2/5)
Funds freed to help Arizona counties damages by cold (AP 2/5)
Navajo Nation Seeks Help to Fix Pipes (Fronteras 2/5)
Tribe to spend $2.8M on water repairs (The Farmington Daily Times 2/6)