Record-Breaking Rains Flood Death Valley National Park

Cars covered in debris
Debris
from
flash
flooding
buried
or
trapped
about
60
vehicles
at
Death
Valley
National
Park
on
Friday.

NPS

Roads
inside

Death
Valley
National
Park

remain
closed
after
historic
rains
caused
catastrophic
flash
flooding
on
Friday. 

Crews
are
hard
at
work
removing
debris,
which
initially
covered
30
miles
of
the
highway,
per
statement
from
the
park.
State
Route
190,
a
main
route
into
the
park,
will
be
off-limits
to
drivers
until
later
this
month
as
crews
assess
the
damage
and
begin
making
repairs. 

The
3.4
million-acre
park,
located
near
the
California-Nevada
state
line,
saw
1.46
inches
of
rain
near
the
Furnace
Creek
area
in
three
hours—about
75
percent
of
what
that
region
typically
gets
in
an
entire
year,
according
to
Jacques
Billeaud
and
Michael
R.
Blood
of
the

Associated
Press

(AP). 

The
rainfall
set
a
new
record
for
the
month
of
August,
and
it
nearly
broke
the
park’s
record
for
the
most
rain
in
a
single
day—1.47
inches—which
occurred
on
April
15,
1988,
report
Alex
Wigglesworth
and
Harriet
Ryan
for
the Los
Angeles
Times
.

Damaged asphalt
Damaged
asphalt
on
Beatty
Cutoff
Road
in
Death
Valley
National
Park

NPS
/
M.Clark

“The
heavy
rain
that
caused
the
devastating
flooding
at
Death
Valley
was
an
extremely
rare,
1,000-year
event,”
says
Daniel
Berc,
a
National
Weather
Service
Las
Vegas
meteorologist,
in
a

statement

from
the
park.
“A
1,000-year
event
doesn’t
mean
it
happens
once
per
1,000
years,
rather
that
there
is
a
0.1
percent
chance
of
occurring
in
any
given
year.”

The
deluge
caused
flash
flooding,
which
buried
some
60
vehicles
and
stranded
roughly
1,000
employees
and
visitors
inside
the
park.
Fortunately,
nobody
was
injured,
and
by
Saturday
the
trapped
travelers
were
able
to
drive
out
of
the
park
with
law
enforcement
escorts,
reports

the
park
.
Emergency
responders
conducted
aerial
searches
from
helicopters
and
planes
to
look
for
any
additional
stranded
vehicles
in
more
remote
areas.

Water
also
flooded
rooms
and
offices
at
a
hotel
inside
the
park,
the
Inn
at
Death
Valley.
Flash
floods
swept
away
dumpsters
and
pushed
them
into
parked
cars,
which
then
crashed
into
other
vehicles,
according
to
the park.

Flood damage
Flood
damage
at
Mud
Canyon
in
Death
Valley
National
Park

NPS

Summer
storms
are
typically
more
localized
inside
the
sprawling
national
park,
which
made
the
wide-reaching
weather
event
a
rare
occurrence,
Jennette
Jurado,
an
incident
information
specialist
with
the
National
Park
Service,
tells
the

LA
Times

“It
seems
like
every
time
we
get
rain
here
in
Death
Valley,
it
makes
the
rocks
move,
so
that
itself
wasn’t
a
surprise,”
she
adds.
“But
just
having
it
be
so
widespread
and
having
so
much
volume
of
rain
is
certainly
a
pretty
big
deal
for
us.”

The
Friday
downpour
caused
the
second
flooding
event
in
the
park
within
a
week.
Some
roads
in
the
national
park,
which
is
the
country’s
largest
outside
of
Alaska,
were
also
closed
last
Monday
because
of
flash
flooding,
reports
the

AP

“Death
Valley
is
an
incredible
place
of
extremes,”
says
park
superintendent
Mike
Reynolds
in
a
statement.
“It
is
the
hottest
place
in
the
world
and
the
driest
place
in
North
America.
This
week’s
1,000-year
flood
is
another
example
of
this
extreme
environment.
With

climate
change

models
predicting
more
frequent
and
more
intense
storms,
this
is
a
place
where
you
can
see
climate
change
in
action.”

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