- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say a massive rock that had threatened to crash down from a canyon wall to the base of an Arizona dam has become increasingly stable.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Chris Watt said Friday that crews have drilled about 50 bolts into the slab at Glen Canyon. Crews are chipping around the edges and letting fragments fall to the ground.

He says the dam in Page near the Arizona-Utah border was built with catchments for rocks. The dam itself isn’t in danger of being damaged.

The 500,000-pound slab of Navajo sandstone began to break away from the canyon wall in late August. Watt says work to stabilize is will continue through September.

River trips that launch from below the dam have relocated temporarily.

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