FAST FIVE: "Unprecedented" Flash Flooding Traps 1,000 People In Death Valley, Closing All Roads And Swallowing Cars

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“Unprecedented” Flash Flooding Traps 1,000 People In Death Valley, Closing All Roads And Swallowing Cars Authored by Katie Hutton via TheMindUnleashed.com, Due to catastrophic rainfall and record flash flooding on Friday (August 5), Death Valley National Park was forced to shut down entirely, trapping roughly 1,000 individuals (500 visitors and 500 staff members) inside.

That amount of rainfall represents nearly 75% of a year's worth of total rain for the area, which sees an average precipitation of 2 inches per year.

“Entire trees and boulders were washing down,” said John Sirlin, a photographer.

Sirlin shared videos and pictures on social media that showed swiftly moving water, uprooted palm trees, and cars wedged in a pile of debris.

The flooding on Friday at Death Valley National Park came a week after monsoonal downpours flooded the Las Vegas Strip, a typically dry area, submerging casino floors and uprooting countless trees.

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