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Navajo Nation declares state of emergency due to flooding

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials have declared a state of emergency due to increased flooding from recent monsoon rains. The declaration by the tribe's Commission on Emergency Management will allow local chapters to access additional resources to help mitigate the impacts of heavy rainfall. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the tribe's emergency response personnel have been out in the communities daily helping people recover from recent flooding. The tribe's health workers have been going to various communities providing support and assistance for elderly residents and those with health conditions. Nez says a flood watch will remain in effect throughout this week on the vast reservation covers parts of northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah.