A number of the 1,000 or so individuals stranded in Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park have left regardless of flooding

“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.

There were about 500 visitors and 500 employees at the park Friday, according to the agency, and stranded visitors can leave if they want. No injuries have been reported.

Abby Wines, public affairs officer for the National Park Service, told CNN Friday that a number of visitors to Death Valley National Park have voluntarily left the park.

Despite road closures, Wines says “no one is stopping” visitors if they find a way out of the park.

At The Inn at Death Valley, approximately 60 cars belonging to visitors and staff are buried under debris, according to a press release.

About 60 cars belonging to visitors and staff of Death Valley National Park are buried under debris.

The park received 1.46 inches of rain, the second-wettest day since records began in 1911, missing the record 1.47 inches of drops, according to CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.

That’s nearly 70% of Death Valley’s average rainfall, and more than 1,300% of its average August rainfall.

In 61 years of the 111 years of record keeping, annual rainfall in the valley did not reach Friday’s amount, Javaheri said.

About an inch of rain fell within an hour, something that happens on average every 1,000 years, according to Javaheri.

Before Friday, Death Valley had recorded just 0.04 inches of rain in 2022, the driest start to July since 1953, when no rain fell at all.

Wines says it’s unclear when the roads will reopen. The park remained closed Saturday because many roads there were “critically damaged” by the storm, according to the California Department of Transportation.

“Drivers should not attempt to get around any closure to access the park,” Caltrans said in a update.

Highway 190, which crosses the park from west to east, will remain closed through the weekend as crews work to clean it up, the update said.

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