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Hundreds evacuated from Havasu after heavy rain breaches a dam and causes flash flooding

August 18 2008 at 8:24 PM
Ken Akerman  (Login KenAkerman)


SUPAI, AZ - Working through the challenge of darkness, rescue helicopters continued through Sunday night to evacuate hundreds of residents and campers stranded by the flooding caused by a breached dam near the Grand Canyon.

As of late Sunday night, officials had not reported any deaths or injuries, but they will press on today with their rescue mission as more rain is expected.

About 400 people were evacuated Sunday, including tourists and some of the 400 members of the Havasupai Tribe who live in Supai, located about 250 miles northwest of Phoenix, north of Seligman. The village is in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon.

Tribal members boarded helicopters that flew to Hualapai Point, the Havasu Canyon trailhead. Once they reached the hilltop, they were taken either by bus or van to a Red Cross shelter in a small gymnasium at Peach Springs, about 60 miles southwest of Supai.

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Rescue efforts Aug. 17, 2008 after massive flooding raged through Havasu Canyon.
Rescuers plucked hundreds of residents and campers from the gorge by helicopter.

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