Flash floods close roads and strand 1,000 people in Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (KVVU/Gray News) – The National Park Service said rains caused extensive flooding Friday in Death Valley National Park.

KVVU reports that approximately 60 cars were buried in the debris at the Inn at Death Valley. Buildings have also been flooded with around 1,000 people currently trapped in the park due to road closures.

On Friday evening, officials said there were about 500 visitors and 500 employees unable to leave the park.

Flash flooding in Death Valley National Park triggered by heavy rain on Friday buried cars and forced authorities to close all roads in and out of the park.(National Park Service)

According to the park service, the California Department of Transportation said it would take four to six hours to open up part of Highway 190 to exit the east side of the park.

Park officials said the flooding caused a major rupture in the Cow Creek water system, which supplies water to residents of the Cow Creek area of ​​the park.

The agency reported that Furnace Creek, another area of ​​the park, typically receives about 1.9 inches of rain each year, but that area recorded 1.7 inches of rain in a single day.

According to the National Park Service, no injuries in flooded areas were initially reported, with forecasts calling for a wet weather break Friday evening.

Further updates on conditions in the park are available here.

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