Weather causes state of emergency for Tusayan, near Grand Canyon National Park

Due to almost two feet of snow, no electricity since 3:00 a.m.,  fuel shortages and dangerous roads, a town south of  Grand Canyon National Park issued a state of emergency on Friday evening.

TUSAYAN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Due to almost 2 feet of snow, no electricity, fuel shortages, and dangerous roads, a town south of Grand Canyon National Park issued a state of emergency Friday evening.

The Town of Tusayan confirmed around 5 p.m. Friday that more than 1,000 residents and tourists there are without power and heat. Craig Sanderson, the mayor of Tusayan, said his town was trying to arrange emergency shelter for people at the National Park and other places.

By Saturday afternoon, Coconino County said in a tweet that power was restored, roads were cleared and businesses were up and running.

[RELATED: Thousands without power in Phoenix and Prescott areas due to strong storm]

Sanderson credited public service departments for working  together to get the roads back in business again. 

"We are working with the County Emergency Management team, ADOT, APS, and the National Park Service with a priority on clearing roads," Sanderson said in a Friday news release. "Getting the roads open is the main thing we need. The County and ADOT are working to make it possible to safely travel [on] State Route 64."

[WEATHER COVERAGE: Strong storms bring tornado warning, rain to Phoenix and snow to high country]

The American Red Cross provided additional support by setting up an emergency shelter at Horace Albright Training Center in the Grand Canyon National Park. 

[PHOTOS: Strong storm brings rain and snow across Arizona]

 


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