Hundreds of people trapped in Death Valley National Park amid floods

Park officials said Friday that all roads in and out of Death Valley National Park have been closed as unprecedented amounts of rain have caused massive flooding in the area.

About 500 visitors and 500 employees are currently unable to exit the park, which is located on the California-Nevada border, officials said in a statement. There are no reports of injuries to any employees or visitors.

Park officials said the California Department of Transportation expects it to take several hours to open a road on Highway 190 east of the park to allow exits.

Photo: Death Valley National Park in California is closed to visitors on August 5, 2022 due to unprecedented rainfall.

California’s Death Valley National Park was closed to visitors on August 5, 2022 due to unprecedented rainfall.

Death Valley National Park

Dozens of cars of visitors and employees were buried under several feet of debris and many facilities, including hotel rooms and commercial offices, were inundated.

Additionally, according to park officials, the Cow Creek water system, which supplies water to the Cow Creek area for park residents and offices, has failed. Officials said that a major crack in the line due to floods is being repaired.

The Furnace Creek area in the park received at least 1.46 inches of rain, nearly all of the year’s rain in one morning, as the park’s annual average is 1.9 inches of rainwater, the park reported.

Photo: Death Valley National Park in California is closed to visitors on August 5, 2022 due to unprecedented rainfall.

California’s Death Valley National Park was closed to visitors on August 5, 2022 due to unprecedented rainfall.

Death Valley National Park

This was the second heaviest rainfall in a day at Furnace Creek, just behind the 1.47 inches recorded on April 15, 1988.

The park is working with the California Department of Transportation, and state and county emergency services to assess the situation and damage.

This is the second incident of flooding in the park this week. Some roads in and out of Death Valley were closed on Monday due to flash floods over the weekend, with roads filled with mud and debris. According to the Associated Press,

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