Jul 21, 2010 9:38 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Evacuations underway after Arizona dam breaks

A rubberized dam on a man-made lake near Phoenix has collapsed, sending hundreds of gallons of water gushing into the dry Salt River bed.

Tempe police and fire department crews were evacuating the area around Tempe Town Lake and anyone who may be along the river bottom, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries.

The lake near the campus of Arizona State University has four dams on its west end. Authorities say there was a break in the middle section.

Tempe bought the dams in 1998 and filled the lake the following year.


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