Hundreds of people were stranded, cars were wiped out, and roads were closed after record rains triggered flash floods in America’s Death Valley.
The national park, which straddles the east California And Nevadawas affected by 1.46 inches (3.71 cm) of rain in one area, about 75% of what is normally achieved in a full year.
It was even more recorded than ever for the entire month of August.
Since 1936, the only day with the most rain has been April 15, 1988, when 3.73 cm has fallen, park officials said.
Although there were no immediate reports of injuries, officials confirmed that around 500 park visitors and 500 workers were stranded inside the park and around 60 vehicles were buried in mud and debris.
“Whole trees and boulders were washing down,” said photographer John Sirlin.
“The sound of some rocks coming down from the mountain was just unbelievable.”
He had witnessed the flood while trying to capture photos of lightning as the storm approached.
“It was more extreme than anything I’ve ever seen there,” added Sirlin, who has been chasing storms since the 1990s.
“There have been at least two dozen cars that have been destroyed and blocked in there,” he said, adding that he had not seen anyone injured “or any deep-water rescue.”
During Friday’s rain, large trash cans were pushed into parked cars, causing the vehicles to collide, the park said in a statement.
“In addition, many facilities are flooded, including hotel rooms and commercial offices,” he added.
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Residents were left without water even after a power line that was being repaired broke and caused the system to fail.
The storm followed another major flood event earlier this week in the park 120 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
On Monday, some roads were closed after being flooded with mud and debris from flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona.