More than 1,000 people were left stranded by flash floods in parts of Death Valley National Park after nearly a year’s worth of rain fell in just three hours in the hottest place on Earth.
Heavy thunderstorms on Friday dumped nearly a year’s worth of rain over the Death Valley National Park in just three hours, resulting in flash flooding that damaged dozens of vehicles, closed roads throughout the park, and trapped roughly 1,000 visitors and staff, officials said.
No injuries were reported, however, about 500 visitors and 500 park staff were temporarily unable to leave the park because all roads into and out of Death Valley were closed, according to the statement. After work by emergency crews, authorities escorted the cars out of the area.
Authorities are conducting aerial searches for stranded motorists but said they have not received reports of stranded cars, Death Valley National Park wrote on its Facebook page.
The park near the California-Nevada state line received at least 4.3 centimeters of rain at the Furnace Creek area, which park officials in a statement said represented “nearly an entire year’s worth of rain in one morning.” The park’s average annual rainfall is 4.8 centimeters.
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A statement by the National Park said that the flooding pushed dumpster bins into parked vehicles and caused collisions while also flooding facilities, including hotel rooms and business offices. Additionally, a water system line that was being repaired broke due to the flooding, leaving parts of the park without water.
One visitor and photographer, John Sirlin, described the scene.
“It was more extreme than anything I’ve seen there,’ Sirlin said.
“I’ve never seen it to the point where entire trees and boulders were washing down. The noise from some of the rocks coming down the mountain was just incredible.”
Although this specific flood was isolated to the National Park and resulted in no deaths or injuries, it is still being used to peddle global warming fear-mongering, with one report stating that by 2050 rising sea levels will put some neighborhoods in a near-perpetual state of flooding.
No matter the cause of this incident, however, the flooding was powerful enough to cause a great deal of damage and strand 1,000 people overnight.