Arizona counties mapBy Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

The Menagers Dam near the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona was put to the test of holding back waters as Tropical Storm Rosa pummeled the area. The Tohono O’odham Nation has declared a state of emergency.

Water levels were decreasing but more rains are predicted. Officials in the area say that the earthen dam’s failure is “imminent.” The Tribe meanwhile has assembled an engineering team to inspect the dam and have urged residents to stay away from the area.

The Tohono O’odham Nation’s police and emergency services offices have evacuated at-risk areas, according to a Tribal representative. Residents also received help from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection team and a Pima County Sheriff’s Department swift water rescue team.

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