In Death Valley National Park, flash flooding has left a thousand people stranded.
Floods still cause havoc in the US; most recently, in California’s Death Valley National Park, where flash floods brought on by heavy rain left 1,000 people stranded and destroyed cars.
An entire year’s worth of rain fell in one morning, according to park officials, in the Furnace Creek area of the park, which is close to the Nevada-California state line.
Additionally, according to the authorities, about 60 vehicles were submerged by the torrential floodwaters, leaving 500 park guests and 500 park employees stranded. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
According to the California Department of Transportation, clearing a main road out of the park so that visitors can leave could take four to six hours.
The National Park Service announced on Friday that “all roads into and out of the park are currently closed and will remain closed until park staff can assess the extent of the situation.”
A statement from the park claimed that Friday’s storms and flooding “pushed dumpster containers into parked cars, which caused cars to collide into one another.”
The statement went on to say that numerous facilities, including hotel rooms and offices, were also flooded.
The park also acknowledged that the water system that supplies the park’s offices and residents failed after a line that was being repaired due to the floods broke.
Prior to Friday’s downpours, 2022 had been a historically dry year for the infamously dry park, with only 0.04 inches of rain falling there.
According to park visitor and photographer John Sirlin, the rain began around two in the morning as he was attempting to capture images of the lightning as the storm developed.
The extremeness of it, he said, “was beyond anything I’ve seen there.”
Since the 1990s, Sirlin, who has been chasing storms, has been coming to the park.
I’ve never seen it so bad that entire boulders and trees were washing down.
He remarked on Friday afternoon that the noise made by some of the rocks as they descended the mountain was simply amazing.
Just after noon on Friday, the National Weather Service announced the removal of the flash flood warning for the park, but a flood advisory is still in place.
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Park officials at Death Valley National Park said flash floods that left 1,000 stranded were caused by ‘nearly an entire year’s worth of rain in one morning’ The Furnace Creek area of the park, near the Nevada-California state line, experienced an unprecedented 1.7 inches of rain60 vehicles were also wrecked in the floods, as they crashed into each other and were hit by floating dumpstersBefore Friday’s rains, the notoriously dry park had only experienced 0.04 inches of rain in 2022