More than 20,000 pounds of food and water from the St. Mary’s Food Bank were sent to Bullhead City overnight Tuesday, where many residents have been without power or running water for several days after powerful thunderstorms Sunday evening.
“Without electricity and in many cases without running water for days and more, St. Mary’s answered a call for bottled water, fruits, vegetables, breads, peanut butter and jelly and a wide variety of snacks and other foods,” the food bank said in a statement.
“We remain in contact with our partners in Bullhead City and stand ready to send more food and water as the situation evolves and if the need persists.”
City officials said a storm packing wind gusts of 60 mph hit around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and in a news release, area service provider Mohave Electric Cooperative reported microbursts of up to 80mph.
Although no injuries were reported, the storm’s initial damage left about 36,000 customers in the dark, according to the company. On Tuesday afternoon, the company reported that power had largely been restored but 1,700 customers were still without power.
“Remaining repairs to restore power to 5% of members will be very laborious and time consuming to begin replacing poles, lines, transformer equipment etc.,” Mohave Electric Cooperative said in its latest release. hurry.
Residents were urged to start saving water around 2 p.m. Monday as the city responded to reports of water outages in several neighborhoods linked to the loss of electricity.
The outages also come as the region continues to experience periods of extremely high temperatures for days.
“Extreme heat conditions today and the following days will pose potentially serious health issues for some residents, particularly the elderly and those with existing health conditions, who do not have air conditioning or fans on. working order,” Mohave County said in a news release Monday.
To help affected residents escape the triple-digit heat, cooling stations with ice and water have been set up at the Bullhead City Recreation Division office at 2355 Trane Road in Bullhead City, and Mohave Valley Fire Department Station 81, 1451 Willow Drive. in the Mohave Valley.
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