February 2, 2010
Household trash has not been picked up for two weeks st Hopi. The solid waste trucks are having difficulty reaching homes to pick up trash bins due to road conditions. As a result, household trash is being scattered and eaten by wild animals and dog packs.
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HOPI RESERVATION, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribe's HERT (Hopi Emergency Response Team) was still dealing with many of the critical human service issues from the recent winter storms, but is still faced with serious road damage and livestock deaths as a result of freezing. Even smaller village services like trash pickup has become a serious health issue. With additional storms and fluctuating temperatures, even firewood was freezing into the ground and mud, making chopping wood for heating nearly impossible.