1000-year flood hits Death Valley

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Normally, Death Valley is known better for its hot and dry conditions, not its water features. But rivers and lakes seldom seen have reemerged after the area got more rain in several hours than it usually gets in a year.

What’s being called a “1,000-year flood” roughed-up many roads and man-made structures in the park, causing millions of dollars in damage. In some narrow canyons water surged to over 15 feet. Park officials say some areas will stay closed for months.

Check Death Valley National Park’s Morning Report for closure updates.

Photo courtesy NPS.