|May 30, 2023|
Monsoon rains flood Death Valley National Park
Flash floods swept through Death Valley National Park Friday closing all roads as well as the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
Approximately 1,000 people were stranded in the park, according to park officials. No injuries have been reported.
The park received 1.7 inches of rain in a few hours on Friday. Annual rainfall for the park is 2 inches.
“Highway 190 is closed, and additional roads in the park may be impacted or impassable due to flash floods,” a post on the Death Valley National Park Facebook account warned. “Use extreme caution.”
Caltrans was working to reopen the roads.
Abigail Wines, a spokesperson for Death Valley National Park, told SFGATE “Some vehicles have been able to get out via CA-190 to Death Valley Junction, depending what type of vehicle they have.”
This was the second flood to hit the national park this week. On Monday, a flash flood swept a car off of Highway 190, submerging it in debris.
There was no immediate word on when Highway 190 or the park will reopen.
Story Date: August 15, 2022