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Officials Hope to Reopen Flood-damaged LA to Phoenix Highway

In this aerial image from video provided by Fox 11 Los Angeles is a washed out section of Interstate 10 near Desert Center, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Officials say the main highway from Los Angeles to Phoenix has been damaged by a flash flood that washed out lanes on the eastbound side of Interstate 10 in the Southern California desert near the Arizona state line. Heavy rain from monsoonal thunderstorms Wednesday evening caused the latest round of flooding and also impacted other desert highways. (Fox 11 Los Angeles via AP)
In this aerial image from video provided by Fox 11 Los Angeles is a washed out section of Interstate 10 near Desert Center, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Officials say the main highway from Los Angeles to Phoenix has been damaged by a flash flood that washed out lanes on the eastbound side of Interstate 10 in the Southern California desert near the Arizona state line. Heavy rain from monsoonal thunderstorms Wednesday evening caused the latest round of flooding and also impacted other desert highways. (Fox 11 Los Angeles via AP)

Desert Center, Calif. (AP) -- Officials hope to fully reopen the main highway from Los Angeles to Phoenix by early next week after a flash flood washed out part of the road through the Southern California desert.

The flooding began Wednesday evening amid the latest round of monsoonal thunderstorms to hit the region this summer. The damaged roadway was part of a detour past a repair project along eastbound Interstate 10 near the small community of Desert Center, about 165 miles (265 km) east of Los Angeles.