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Record fills strand 1K people in Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, California (AP) — Record rainfall on Friday triggered flash floods in Death Valley National Park that washed away cars, closed all roads and stranded hundreds of people. of visitors and workers.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but about 60 vehicles were buried in Dirt and debris, as well as about 500 visitors and 500 park workers, were stranded inside the park, officials said.

A park near the California-Nevada state line received 1.46 inches (3.71 centimeters). of rain in Pechnoy creek area. It’s about 75% of what the area usually gets in a year as well as more than ever been recorded for The entire month of August.

Since 1936, the only single day with more According to park officials, the rain was on April 15, 1988, when 1.47 inches (3.73 centimeters) fell.

“Washed whole trees and boulders down”said John Sirlin, photographer. for in Arizona adventure Company who witnessed the flood as he perched on boulder on the hillside where he tried to take a picture of lightning as the storm approaches.

” noise from some of the stones are coming down the mountain was just incredible,” he said. in phone interview Friday afternoon.

Park officials did not immediately respond to inquiries. for en update Friday evening.

Storm follows another major flood event earlier this week in a park 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Las Vegas. Some roads were closed on Monday after they were flooded with dirt and debris from flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona hard.

Sirlin said it started raining around 2 am on Friday. who life in Chandler, Arizona and has been visiting the park since 2016.

“It was more more extreme than anything I’ve seen there, said Sirlin, lead management for Incredible weather adventure who started chasing storms in Minnesota and the high plains in 1990s.

“A lot of of streams flowed several feet deep. There are rocks, probably 3 or 4 feet, covering the road,” he said.

sirlin said it took he is about 6 hours to drive about 35 miles (56 kilometers) out of park near the hotel in Death Valley.

“There were at least two dozen cars that were wrecked and stuck. in there,” he said, adding that he had not seen anyone injured “or any rescuers during the flood”.

During Friday showersflood water pushed garbage containers into parked cars, which caused cars that can be collided with one another. In addition, many facilities, including hotel rooms and business offices,” the park said in a statement.

Water system what provides it for park residents and offices also failed after a line that was being repaired broke, the statement said.

Flash flood warning for park and surroundings area expired at 12:45 pm Friday, but flood advisory remained in effect evening, the National Weather Service said.

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This story has been corrected to show what is the national park service now says 1.46 inches of rain fell, not 1.7 inches as previously reported.

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