Near-record rainfall caused flash flooding in California’s Death Valley National Park stranding almost 1,000 people, officials said.
The park was temporarily closed after 1.46 inches (3.7 centimeters) of rain fell in the park’s Furnace Creek area. The record torrential rain almost tied the previous daily record of 1.47 inches.
“Unprecedented amounts of rainfall caused substantial flooding,” the National Park Service said in a statement, adding that “there are approximately 500 visitors and 500 staff currently unable to exit the park.”
While no injuries were reported, about 60 cars belonging to park visitors and staff were buried in several feet of debris at the Inn at Death Valley, an historic luxury hotel. US photographer John Sirlin, who witnessed the flooding, said many dirt side…