Flash floods have closed Demise Valley Nationwide Park, stranding 1,000 folks

Flash floods rush past Death Valley National Park closed the park, including all roads in and out of the park, as well as the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

According to park officials, about 1,000 people were trapped in the park. No injuries were reported.

The park received 1.7 inches of rain Friday morning, the area’s all-time total in a matter of hours. Annual rainfall in the park is 2 inches.


“Highway 190 is closed and additional roads in the park may be affected or impassable due to flash flooding,” the statement said. Death Valley National Park Facebook account warned “Be extra careful.”

Caltrans estimates it will take approximately four to six hours to reopen the roads.

“Caltrans and National Park Service crews are working to remove ‘management’ lanes from the park,” Death Valley National Park spokeswoman Abigail Wines told SFGATE. “Some vehicles may have exited via CA-190 to the Death Valley Interchange depending on the type of vehicles they have.”

This is the second flood to hit the national park this week. There was a flash flood on Monday car from highway 190by immersing it in the garbage.

There is no word yet on when Highway 190 or the park will reopen.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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