Floods Close Down Death Valley Roads

Certain routes leading into and out of Death Valley National Park have been closed due to the muck and debris caused by flash floods that also severely affected western Nevada and northern Arizona over the weekend.

Sections of Highway 190 through Death Valley National Park were blocked for most of the day as crews worked to repair damage from flash floods.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), it said that roads in the Mojave National Preserve, southwest of Death Valley, were restricted as workers inspect the flooding damage.

An automobile along Highway 190 near Stovepipe Wells was seen in a photo published on Twitter after it was swept off the road and buried in boulders and mud halfway up the doors.

“Sections of Hwy 190, and North Highway (Scotty’s Castle Rd), Lower Wildrose Rd, Dantes View, and Badwater are closed due to flooding and debris. It is likely that additional roads are impassable. Closures are subject to change with changing conditions,” the alert indicated on the NPS website read. 

Due to water and debris, Artists Drive and 20 Mule Team Canyon were both listed as closed. 

According to park officials, all dirt routes were impassable while road crews were still trying to clear debris and evaluate the damage.

Highways and campgrounds were also closed elsewhere due to the rain, but no injuries were recorded.

The National Weather Service said that more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain fell in 15 minutes on Sunday near Kingman, Arizona, which is close to the state line with California, as a result of the storm’s heavy downpours.

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