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Governor orders Nevada Guard to assist Arizona

By ThisIsReno

CARSON CITY — Governor Jim Gibbons has ordered the Nevada National Guard to assist emergency management officials in Arizona. Arizona officials, through the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Division of Emergency Management, have requested air support as a result of flooding around the area of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The Nevada Army National Guard will deploy three aircraft, one Chinook helicopter and two Blackhawk helicopters, from their facility at Stead, Nevada to the Flagstaff area as soon as weather in Northern Nevada permits.

Several hundred people have been evacuated from small towns in northern Arizona due to heavy rains and flooding. Approximately 1000 people living in remote areas on a Navajo Indian Reservation near Flagstaff have been isolated by rain and snow. Very heavy rain and snow have fallen in the Flagstaff area during the last week.

Governor Gibbons has pledged additional assets to assist Arizona, if the need arises.