Flash flooding in the Grand Canyon caused by heavy monsoon rains prompted evacuations at the Havasupai Campground and surrounding areas Wednesday night.
[RAW VIDEO: Flash flood sweeping through the Grand Canyon]
According to the Havasupai Tribal Council, the canyon will be closed to visitors for seven to 10 days.
Officials with the Tribe said there were two waves of flooding and about 7 feet of floodwater hit Supai just before dark Wednesday evening.
Most of the 200 tourists stranded by a flash flood have been flown out of the Arizona canyon.
All campgrounds were evacuated and nearby buildings including the Community Building and school were opened for people to sleep in and the Tribe provided food and supplies to those evacuated.
The second wave of floodwater hit the area at about 3:30 a.m., the Tribe said.
The flooding did not hit the nearby Supai Village and the village has not been evacuated.
Officials plan to start assessing the damage Friday to determine when it's safe for tourists to return.
Brian Volk, a person in the area, posted the following on Facebook:
The Havasupai area (Village, falls, hiking trail) experienced severe flash flooding. Everyone in the campground has been evacuated and cared for (housed, clothed and fed) by the Tribe. The Tribe will get everyone out on helicopters as soon as possible. If you are reading this and are in the canyon, DO NOT RUSH the helicopters. Law enforcement, search and rescue and other parties are on site to ensure that everyone will leave the canyon safely. As of now, the road to Hilltop is closed. No visitors will be allowed until further notice. Check in to this page to be updated. PLEASE DO NOT call the village!!!! This is crucial. Because of it's remoteness, the village has a limited phone service and it is easily crashed. It needs to stay open for emergency services. Check in here, or PM me personally. My wife has arrived at the road in, tonight and will be there in the morning to assess damages. We are in contact with the Tribe, the court, emergency services and BIA. Have patience, respect and human caring. I promise to do the best I can to keep you updated.
The monsoon season has also brought flooding to nearby areas including Zion National Park in southern Utah. The National Park Service said the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway from Canyon Junction to the east entrance of the park is closed indefinitely due to flooding and rock falls.
The national park near St. George north of the Arizona border reported 3 inches of rain in a short time period Wednesday night, officials said.
Tourists and campers will be evacuated from Havasupai by helicopter to Grand Canyon Caverns. Indian Route 18 will be closed until further notice.
The Tribe is advising tourists with confirmed reservations for the coming weeks to contact their travel adviser for more information. The public is asked not to call the Tribal Tourism Office as the lines are being used for emergency services.
There are no reports of anyone injured or missing due to flooding in either national park.
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