Floods continue to wreak havoc in the US, most recently in Death Valley National Park California.
Park officials said the Furnace Creek area of the park, near the Nevada-California state line, experienced 1.7 inches of rain, which they described as ‘almost an entire year’s worth of rain in one morning.’
The officials also said about 60 vehicles were buried by the rushing floodwaters, and 500 park visitors and 500 park workers were left stranded, although no injuries were reported.
The California Department of Transportation said it could take four to six hours to clear a main road out of the park, allowing visitors to leave.
“All roads in and out of the park are currently closed and will remain closed until park staff can assess the extent of the situation,” the National Park Service said Friday.
Park officials at Death Valley National Park said flash floods that left 1,000 stranded were caused by ‘almost an entire year’s worth of rain in one morning’
The Furnace Creek area of the park, near the Nevada-California state line, experienced an unprecedented 1.7 inches of rain
60 cars were also destroyed in the floods when they collided with each other and were hit by floating dumpsters
A park statement said Friday’s downpours and flooding ‘pushed dumpster containers into parked cars, causing cars to crash into each other.’
“In addition, many facilities are flooded, including hotel rooms and business offices,” the statement continued.
The park also confirmed a water system that failed to service park residents and offices after a line that was being repaired broke due to the flooding.
Before Friday’s rain, the notoriously dry park had only experienced 0.04 inches of rain in 2022, making it a historically dry year.
The rain started at about 2 a.m., park visitor and photographer John Sirlin told CBS. Sirlin was trying to take pictures of the lightning as the storm approached.
“It was more extreme than what I’ve seen there,” he said. Sirlin has been visiting the park since 2016 and has been chasing storms since the 1990s.
This hand-out panoramic image courtesy of Death Valley National Park Service shows monsoon rain flooding Mud Canyon in Death Valley National Park, California on August 5, 2022
Before Friday’s rain, the notoriously dry park had only experienced 0.04 inches of rain in 2022.
The damaged intersection of Kelbacker Road and Mojave Road in the Mojave National Preserve, California; photo taken on Sunday 31 July 2022
‘I’ve never seen it to the point where whole trees and boulders were washed down. The sound of some of the rocks coming down the mountain was just incredible,’ he said Friday afternoon.
The flash flood warning was lifted for the park just after noon on Friday, but a flood advisory remains in effect, according to the National Weather Service.
Experts say that the ever-increasing concentrations of heat-trapping gases, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, have increased the average temperature by 1.1 degrees Celsius, or two degrees Fahrenheit, every year since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
And with every degree Celsius the temperature rises, the air can hold 7 percent more moisture, leading to stronger storms.
Making matters worse, flooding associated with sea level rise has already accelerated, according to an annual report report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Impacts on sea-level rise are happening now, and growing rapidly,” explains William Sweet in the report, noting that rising sea levels could exacerbate flooding from storms, which could push more ocean water onto land.
The salt water could also fill underground drainage pipes, which means that rainwater could back up and collect in the streets.
By 2050, the report estimates, high tides could send water dozens of days to weeks each year.
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