FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly declared a state of emergency Friday because of a cold spell that left thousands of people without water on the reservation.
Shelly signed a resolution Friday afternoon to make the declaration after the Commission on Emergency Management voted unanimously to pass the resolution.
“I am signing this resolution because we need to access emergency services to help our people who have been without water,” Shelly said. “We have waterlines that need repair, water storage containers that need to be replenished, and we need man power to help repair the water systems that have been damaged.”
As many as 2,000 homes in the Window Rock area were affected by water line breakage due to the subfreezing temperatures in recent weeks. Temperatures have dropped lower than 25 degrees below.
Shiprock, Kayenta, Chinle, Dilkon, Crownpoint and Pinedale also have reported issues.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is responding to the reports, officials said in a press release Friday.
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