“All roads in and out of the park are currently closed and will remain closed until park staff assess the extent of the situation,” the National Park Service said Friday.
According to the agency, the park currently has about 500 visitors and 500 employees, and stranded visitors can leave if they wish. No injuries were reported.
National Park Service public affairs officer Abby Wines told CNN on Friday that a number of visitors to Death Valley National Park have voluntarily left the park.
Despite the road closures, Wines says there’s “nothing stopping” visitors if they find their way out of the park.
According to a news release, approximately 60 guest and staff cars were buried under the debris at The Inn at Death Valley.
“The park at Furnace Creek received 1.46 inches of rain, nearly matching the previous daily record of 1.47 inches,” the report said.
Wines says it’s unclear when the roads will reopen.
Meanwhile, the California Department of Transportation says it will take about four to six hours to reopen the 190 freeway east of the park to allow visitors and workers to exit, according to a statement.