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Hikers stranded at Supai village

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — Swelling Spike Leak has trapped a large group of hikers in the Grand Canyon near Spy Village. His one father, a hiker, said as many as 300 people could be stranded.

According to the Havasupai Tribal Tourism Board, most campers took refuge in Supai Village after the bridge to the campground was swept away on Friday night.

Some of these campers were flown in by AirWest, officials said.

Havasupai officials began directing campers and hikers up the back trail to avoid flooding. These areas are usually closed to tourists.

Officials have also said that “everyone is on deck” to build a new temporary bridge to the campsite, which could allow hikers to reach the village later this afternoon.

A flood warning has been issued for some low-lying areas of Coconino County. This included both Spy and Beaver Falls, according to a warning from NWS Flagstaff.

At that time, hikers coming to the village from Hilltop could not reach Spy because of rising water levels.

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A video posted on social media on Friday showed most of it being washed away by fast-moving muddy water. Users claim that several hikers chose to turn back after being told they would likely be stranded there overnight.

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