Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Flood warning for Cataract Canyon, Supai Village

The Havasupai Tribe declared an emergency late this morning following an automated flood warning on Cataract Canyon. We have reports that a partial evacuation of Supai Village was underway in advance of the flood waters that should have hit around noon today.

The Tribe yesterday posted an announcement on their web site and tweeted that the campground would be closed for at least a week due to flood damage from the past few days. The Tribe reported evacuating 150 tourists on Sunday afternoon due to flooding through the campground.

Brian Gootee with the AZGS Phoenix office is in contact with tribal officials and plans on getting into the canyon tomorrow to help assess restoration and mitigation needs.

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