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Trump OKs disaster declaration for Tohono O'odham Nation

Posted at 2:37 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 16:37:11-05

SELLS, Ariz. (AP) - President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for a southern Arizona tribe affected by severe flooding.

Heavy rainfall had threatened an earthen dam on the Tohono O'odham reservation in early October, forcing people from their homes.

The declaration announced Friday allows the use of federal funding for emergency work, and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the flooding. The tribe must share in the cost.

Tribal officials say the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa had damaged 64 homes, and impacted roadways, public buildings and utility systems.

Crews had to pump the lake behind Menager's Dam to ease the threat it would overtop. More than 1,000 sandbags were placed at the dam's crest.