Flash flooding at Death Valley National Park abandoned thousands people.
Heavy rains on Friday caused flash floods in Death Valley National Park. According to officials, it buried automobiles, led authorities to block all entrance and exit routes, and left nearly 1,000 people stranded.
At least 1.7 inches of rain fell in the Furnace Creek park region near the California-Nevada state boundary.
According to park authorities, was “almost a year’s worth of rain in one morning.” In addition, 1.9 inches of rain fall on average each year at the park.
According to park authorities, roughly 500 guests and 500 park employees were stuck and about 60 cars were covered in debris.
However, the California Department of Transportation said it would take four to six hours to open a route enabling park visitors to depart, and there were no early reports of casualties.
It was the park’s second significant flooding incident this week. After being flooded with mud and debris from flash floods that also severely affected western Nevada and northern Arizona, several roadways were blocked on Monday.
According to John Sirlin, a photographer for an Arizona-based adventure firm who watched the floods while perched on a hillside rock attempting to get images of lightning as the storm approached, the rain began about 2 a.m.
The flood waters from Friday’s rainstorms drove trash bins onto parked automobiles, which led to collisions. In addition, several facilities, including hotel rooms and businesses, are inundated.
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