Flooding forces evacuations of Havasupai campers

Flooding forces evacuations of Havasupai campers
Posted at 10:29 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 22:07:31-04

Tourists in the popular hiking destination of Havasupai Falls have been evacuated due to flash flooding in the area. 

According to a media release, seven feet of floodwaters hit the Supai area Wednesday evening after monsoon rains. Another wave of flood waters hit the area around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. 

The tourist office and emergency response teams evacuated approximately 200 tourists from campgrounds. Evacuees were taken to community buildings and a school to sleep and given food and supplies from the Havasupai Tribe's store. 

As of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, 10 evacuees remained. 

The cafe is open, electricity and water are working, and cell services are still available in the village. 

Fortunately, there are no reports of injuries or anyone missing. 

The Havasupai canyon will be closed for the next seven to 10 days. Indian Route 18 has also been closed until further notice. 

Anyone with confirmed reservations to Havasupai area in the coming weeks should contact their travel advisor for information. They're asking Tribal Tourism Office phone lines to remain open for emergency services only. 

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