Flash Flooding in Death Valley Closes Many Roads

Staff Writer

Heavy rains yesterday afternoon. Oct. 4, caused significant flooding in Death Valley National Park, closing roads and trapping many visitors at Furnace Creek. As storms diminished, Caltrans quickly cleared debris, allowing visitors to depart by about 4 p.m.

Roads that remain closed today include S.R. 178 (Badwater Road) between Furnace Creek and Shoshone, Dantes View Road, Greenwater Road, and Scotty’s Castle Road. All dirt roads are closed.

Additionally Scotty’s Castle is closed.
Rains began in the area at 10 a.m., and cloudbursts with heavy rains occurred between 11 am and 12:30 p.m., dropping 1.7 inches of rain at Furnace Creek. Flash flooding on S.R. 190 near Zabriskie Point and north of Furnace Creek blocked traffic out of the valley. Rangers directed visitors to Furnace Creek where hundreds waited out the storm at the Visitor Center and Furnace Creek Ranch complex.
“Caltrans did a terrific job of reopening S.R. 190 as soon as possible, and continued to work throughout the night,” said Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “However, many other roads in the park remain closed. We have more rain in the forecast for today, so visitors should be aware that S. R. 190 could be closed again today at any time.”

Rangers are currently checking all roadways to assess conditions and make sure that all visitors are safe.

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