Grand Canyon floods breach dam, force evacuations

PHOENIX (AP) -- About 170 people have been airlifted from a flooded area of the Grand Canyon and bused to an American Red Cross reception center.

Rescuers plan to return to the area Monday to keep looking for those who haven't been accounted for yet.

A small, earthen dam was breached about 45 miles upstream from the village of Supai Sunday, washing out some hiking trails and footbridges and uprooting trees. The flooding happened in a side canyon where about 400 members of the Havasupai tribe live.

The area has received about 8 inches of rain since Friday.

There are no confirmed reports of damage in the village, though a flash flood warning remains in effect.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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