O’Halleran Calls on FEMA for Immediate Flood Assistance in Duncan

U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., speaks during the 2021 Safford Spring Festival preview event at Best Western Plus. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK — On Tuesday, following severe flooding and mass evacuation in Duncan, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell requesting urgently-needed flood mitigation and response assistance for the town of Duncan.

This week, heavy monsoon flooding caused the Gila River to spill into the town of Duncan, prompting a mass evacuation, and broke the Gila River gauge’s all-time water record at 30.28 feet.

“Monsoon flooding is a recurring issue throughout Arizona’s First District, putting families, homes, and entire communities at risk,” said O’Halleran. “I’m calling on FEMA to rapidly deliver federal assistance to protect the safety of Duncan residents and homes, support cleanup, and implement future flood mitigation measures.”