Flash flooding in the Death Valley National Park has left 1,000 people stranded after “an entire year’s worth of rain in one morning”
Flooding across the US has been a serious issue so far this year, from Kentucky to California.
Heavy rainfall at the Death Valley National Park in California triggered a flash flood that stranded 1,000 people in the valley while crushing cars. The rainfall amounted to an unprecedented 1.7 inches Friday morning, starting at 2. am. and came after only 0.4 inches of rain total over the rest of 2022.
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— Vince (@vincekakooza) August 6, 2022
The park officials described this amount of rain as being “nearly an entire year’s worth of rain in one morning.”
The flash flood buried around 60 vehicles and stranded 500 guests and 500 park workers, although, thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
“All roads into and out of the park are currently closed and will remain closed until park staff can assess the extensiveness of the situation,” the National Park Service stated on Friday.
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 to strand 1,000 people overnight.