August 10, 2022
1,000 people trapped in Death Valley National Park after floods

Death Valley National Park, Calif. (AP) – Record rain triggered flash floods in Death Valley National Park on Friday that swept away cars, blocked all roads and trapped hundreds of visitors and workers.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties, but around 60 vehicles were buried in the mud and debris and around 500 visitors and 500 park employees were trapped inside the park, officials said.

The Furnace Creek area in the park near the California-Nevada state line received 1.46 inches (3.71 cm) of rain. This is about 75% of the area that is usually covered in a year and has been recorded more than in the entire month of August.

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, Highway 190 is closed due to flash floods in Death Valley National Park, California.  Near the California-Nevada line on Friday.
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, Highway 190 is closed due to flash floods in Death Valley National Park, California. Near the California-Nevada line on Friday.

National Park Service via AP)

Park officials said that since 1936, the only day with more rain was April 15, 1988, when 1.47 inches (3.73 cm) fell.

“The whole trees and boulders were washing away,” said photographer John Sirlin of an Arizona-based adventure company, who saw the flooding as he was sitting on a mountain boulder trying to take pictures of the lightning as the storm approached.

“The noise of some rocks coming down from the mountain was unbelievable,” he said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

Park officials did not immediately respond to requests for updates on Friday night.

The storm followed another major flood event Earlier this week in the park 120 miles (193 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas. On Monday, some roads were closed after mud and debris were flooded by flash floods caused by severe flooding in western Nevada and northern Arizona.

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, cars are stuck in mud and debris from a flash flood at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, Calif., Friday, August 5, 2022.
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, cars are stuck in mud and debris from a flash flood at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, Calif., Friday, August 5, 2022.

AP. via National Park Service

According to Sirlin, who lives in Chandler, Arizona, and has been visiting the park since 2016, Friday’s rain began around 2 p.m.

“It was more extreme than anything I’ve seen there,” said Sirlin, lead guide for Incredible Weather Adventures, who began chasing storms in Minnesota and the highlands in the 1990s.

“Were flowing in water several feet deep. There are probably 3 or 4 feet of rocks covering the road,” he said.

Sirlin said it took him about 6 hours to drive from the park near the inn in Death Valley, about 35 miles (56 kilometers).

“There were at least two dozen cars that broke down and got stuck there,” he said, adding that he didn’t see anyone injured “or any high water rescues.”

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, cars are stuck in mud and debris from a flash flood at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, Calif., Friday, August 5, 2022.  Heavy rain set off flash flooding.  Several roads in Death Valley National Park on Friday near the California-Nevada line.
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, cars are stuck in mud and debris from a flash flood at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, Calif., Friday, August 5, 2022. Heavy rain set off flash flooding. Several roads in Death Valley National Park on Friday near the California-Nevada line.

AP. via National Park Service

During Friday’s thunderstorm, “flood water pushed dumpster containers into parked cars, causing the cars to collide with each other. Additionally, several facilities, including hotel rooms and business offices, were flooded,” the park statement said. stated in.

A water system providing it for park residents and offices also failed after a line broke, which was being repaired, the statement said.

The National Weather Service said the flash flood warning for the park and surrounding area ended at 12:45 p.m. Friday, but the flood warning remained in effect until evening.

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