TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) -- Motorists once again are driving on a state highway near Tuba City that had been closed because of flooding.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened State Route 264 east of the Navajo Nation community Wednesday evening.
A severe thunderstorm a day earlier had sent water over a bluff and onto a portion of the highway that runs along a cliff, washing out about six feet of dirt beneath the road. Transportation crews responded with dirt and millings to fill the ground and build up the shoulder.
Department spokesman Dustin Krugel said Thursday that crews will return soon with a more permanent fix.
Drivers had faced significant detours during the closure of the highway, which runs through the Navajo and Hopi reservations to the New Mexico.