Flood recovery efforts continue in Tohono O'odham Nation

TUCSON, Ariz. - Days after torrential downpours in western Pima County, evacuees from the Tohono O'odham Nation are still away from their homes.

Tribal officials say crews are still assessing the damage from Tuesday's torrential downpours. The flooding prompted an evacuation order in the area surrounding Menagers Dam, as officials believed the dam to be near imminent failure.

Though the dam never collapsed, Tribal officials said Saturday structural engineers completed an inspection of the dam and will continue to do so twice a day for the immediate future.

Meanwhile, evacuees are still living in emergency shelters near the town of Sells. Local volunteers, the Red Cross and tribal department personnel are managing operations there, tribal officials say.

The tribe says they're assessing the damage and plan to submit a report to FEMA in a potential bid for assistance in the coming days.

Anyone who wants to help the recovery efforts can contact Donna Estrada at (520)-993-1079.

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