Death Valley drenched by record flooding, stranding about 1,000 in park

Death Valley drenched by record flooding, stranding about 1,000 in park

Death Valley National Park was closed Saturday after exceptional amounts of rain drenched the park Friday, triggering flash floods that left about 1,000 visitors and park staff stranded. The National Park Service said in a news release Saturday that the national park roads remain closed, but “visitors who were previously unable to leave the area hotels [were] able to carefully drive out with law enforcement escorts.” It said water has receded in most areas of the park and “extensive mud and gravel deposits” remain. As of Saturday morning, “everything is going well,” said Nikki Jones, a server assistant at a restaurant in the park’s Ranch Inn, who also lives there and posted a video of the flooding from her colleague on Twitter. Jones told The Washington Post that the floodwaters …
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