Heavy Rains Cause Flooding Conditions and Evacuations In Tusayan

On Tuesday, August 22nd at approximately 4:00 pm, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies from the William’s Substation responded to the Town of Tusayan, located just south of the southern entrance to the Grand Canyon for a report of flooding due to heavy rainfall in the area.

Reports of up to three inches of rain resulting in a flash flood event caused a closure of U.S. Highway 64 as water reached levels of three feet deep. Flooding also resulted in evacuations to some hotels and residential housing. Over 100 residents and guests were displaced and relocated to wait out the flooding.

Approximately 70 students from the Grand Canyon Unified School District are sheltering on school property ere returned home rand eunited with their families

No injuries have been reported at this time and Highway 64 has been cleared and is safe to travel at this time with limited access. Crews will continue clearing and assessing any possible damage caused by the flooding.