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Updated Jul 15, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Crown King road reopens temporarily after mudflow

PHOENIX (AP) Officials are opening the main road into the community of Crown King for a few hours after a mudslide forced its closure a day ago.

But the Arizona Republic reports that Yavapai County officials are not allowing in drivers from Interstate 17 on Sunday. Crown King Road will shut down again on Monday morning.

Crews are removing debris and boulders after thunderstorms in the area Saturday caused the mudslide.

The closure of the main road off I-17 stranded residents and tourists in the small tourist town as up to six inches of rain fell over the weekend.

The area has become vulnerable to mudslides after a large wildfire in May burned trees and other vegetation that normally prevent rocks from falling onto the road during bad weather.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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