Severe flooding brought by “unprecedented amounts of rainfall” prompted the closure of all roads in and out of Death Valley National Park (DVNP) on Friday, August 5, park officials said.
As many as 1,000 people, including 500 visitors and 500 park staff, were stranded in the park, according to officials.
“No injuries to staff or visitors have been reported,” DVNP officials said. “Approximately sixty cars, belonging to visitors and staff, are buried in several feet of debris at the Inn at Death Valley.”
Footage released by Caltrans District 9 shows water streaming across State Route 190 near Death Valley, the transport authority said. Credit: Caltrans District 9 via Storyful