UPDATE All accounted for in Grand Canyon flooding

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UPDATE: Tuesday

PHOENIX -- Gov. Janet Napolitano says the most important task in the wake of flash flooding in the Grand Canyon is to restore the pack trail into the remote tribal village of Supai at the bottom of the canyon.

The trail is used for delivering food, mail and other supplies to the village's 400 residents.

Because of the flooding, helicopters were used to ferry approximately 426 tourists and Supai residents out of the canyon over the past two days.

No injuries were reported.

UPDATE: Monday morning

All clear after Grand Canyon flooding

PEACH SPRINGS and GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK -- Rescue crews were gearing up for another round of evacuations operations in flooded Supai Canyon Monday morning.

About 170 people have already been air-lifted to safety, but more are still in the canyon. About 75 people will be flown to higher ground throughout the day Monday. They are not believed to be in immediate danger and authorities reportedly are not as concerned as they were initially.

This all started when Redlands Dam, a small natural dam about 45 miles upstream from Supai, gave way Saturday night in the wake of heavy rains. The area has seen about 8 inches of rain.

Weather remains a big concern to rescue crews. A Flash Flood Warning that was supposed to expire Monday morning has been extended until noon. There was a chance of scattered storms later in the morning and afternoon.

Several of the tourists said they had been warned about the potential for flooding Saturday evening, but nobody could have predicted the wall of water that flooded the area when the Redlands Dam broke.

The evacuees are telling incredible stories of survival. Many rushed to high ground and spent the night in a cemetery. Some of them actually were clinging to trees as the water rushed in.

Among those evacauted are a group of Boy Scouts from the Trenton, N.J. area. the six boys and three adult leaders were camping in a gorge near Supai when the dam was breached.

Another 16 were rafters who had their trip planned for more than a decade but never planned for disaster.

Sixteen friends on a 16-day rafting trip 16 years in the making were stranded after a flash flood freed their rafts, sending them all downriver.

They were stranded for hours before rescue helicopters arrived. Each rafter was taken one at a time across the water and then air-lifted.

About 50 people -- both tourists and residents who are members of the Havasupai tribe -- spent the night in a Red Cross shelter in Peach Springs. That shelter is gearing up to accommodate more people. A spokewoman said the shelter would remain open as long as it's needed.

Campers and tourists who were rescued had to leave their belongings, including identification, behind. Those people are now trying to figure out how they're going to get home, which for many means they're going to have to get through airport security.

So far, there have been no reports of serious injuries, although some people are still unaccounted for.

Residents and campers alike said they are amazed at how quickly the flood changed the landscape of the Supai area.


GRAND CANYON - Officials had to evacuate hundreds of people from the Grand Canyon after an earthen dam broke following heavy rains.

According to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, heavy rain that fell overnight into Sunday caused severe flooding.

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

She says Supai was 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 were also evacuated by seven helicopters. Evacuees were taken to a Red Cross shelter in Peach Springs.

To locate loved ones, or help those that have been evacuated from the flooding in and around the Grand Canyon, go to the Red Cross Web site,