- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 17, 2008


PHOENIX (AP) — Officials are evacuating hundreds of people from the Grand Canyon after an earthen dam broke following heavy rains.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge says the Redlands Dam broke early Sunday. It is causing flooding in the town of Supai at the bottom of the canyon.

She says Supai is not under water. About 400 members of the Havasupai tribe live there. No injuries have been reported.

Oltrogge says some campers and river runners in the canyon also are being evacuated by seven helicopters. Evacuees are being taken to a Red Cross shelter in Peach Springs.

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