Hundreds stranded without heat or power in Arizona town amid winter storm

Hundreds of people were left without heat and power in an Arizona town on Friday following a winter storm, forcing local leaders to declare a state of emergency.

Tusayan town manager Cynthia Seelhammer told The Hill in an email Saturday that power for the town’s approximately 500 residents and 500 tourists had returned as of about 2 a.m. 

She said roads in the town, located just south of the Grand Canyon, are now “passable but icy.”

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Tusayan’s town council declared a state of emergency Friday morning due to the lack of power and almost two feet of snow that made roads unusable, according to Reuters

Mayor Craig Sanderson told the wire service that officials were working to arrange emergency shelter at the National Park and other locations, including buses.

“We are working with the County Emergency Management team, Arizona Department of Transportation, (Arizona Public Service) and the National Park Service with a priority on clearing roads,” he said.

The mayor told Reuters that more than 1,000 people were stranded in the area along State Route 64 as of Friday evening.

The Grand Canyon’s National Parks Service Twitter account wrote Friday evening that Tusayan and the Grand Canyon Village were without power, but wrote early Saturday that power at Grand Canyon Village had been restored. 

Arizona’s Department of Transportation warned in a Saturday tweet about “icy, wintery conditions” in the northern part of the state and advised people to “consider postponing travel.” 

Updated: 11:12 a.m.

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