Flash floods close roads into Death Valley National Park while more than 35 people died in Kentucky floods … And hundreds still missing!

Floods slam Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve
Car covered in debris after it was swept off Highway 190 near Stovepipe Wells. (Photo: Death Valley National Park)

Some roads in and out of Death Valley National Park have been closed after they were inundated over the weekend with mud and debris from flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona hard.

Floods slam Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve
Cars stopped on California highway 127 (Twitter/Jeremy Linderfeld)

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Officials on Sunday provided no estimate on when the roads around Death Valley would be reopened.

Motorists were also urged to avoid Southern California’s Mojave National Preserve after flooding buckled pavement on some roads. The rain also prompted closures of highways and campgrounds elsewhere, but no injuries were reported.

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Floods slam Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve
Desert flood along California highway 127 (Twitter/Jeremy Linderfeld)

The storms produced torrential downpours and the National Weather Service reported that more than an inch of rain fell in 15 minutes Sunday near Kingman, Arizona, which is close to the state line with California.

In a mountainous area east of Los Angeles at the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, mudslides sent trees and large rocks onto roads, blocking them near the city of Yucaipa.

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Forecasters said more thunderstorms were possible on Monday.

Kentucky flooding death toll rises to 35 as governor says hundreds remain unaccounted for

The death toll in flood-stricken Kentucky has risen to 35, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday afternoon, as rescue workers continue to comb the region for hundreds of missing people, unable to access areas left isolated after floodwater washed away bridges and inundated communities.

More tough news,” the governor said on Twitter. “We have confirmed more fatalities from the Eastern Kentucky floods. Our loss now stands at 35. Pray for these families and for those who are missing.

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The death toll could still rise further, according to officials, with “hundreds of unaccounted for people” at a minimum, the governor said at a news conference earlier in the day in Frankfort.

We just don’t have a firm grasp on that. I wish we did — there are a lot of reasons why it’s nearly impossible,” he said. “But I want to make sure we’re not giving either false hope or faulty information.

The flooding last week swelled over roads, destroyed bridges and swept away entire homes, displacing thousands of Kentuckians, Beshear previously said.

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Vital electricity, water and roadway infrastructure was also knocked out. Some of it has yet to be restored, though cell service is returning in some of the state’s hardest-hit areas, the governor said, which may help people connect with loved ones they’ve yet to contact.

I’ve lived here in this town for 56 years, and I have never seen water of this nature,” said Tracy Neice, the mayor of Hindman, Kentucky, explaining his town’s main street looked like a stretch of river where one might go whitewater rafting. “It was just devastating to all of our businesses, all of our offices.” [8newsnow, CNN]

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  1. Plenty of rain up in the mountains in the last 24 hours, so more is headed into midwest. We got two inches. There was lightning non-stop, and booming thunder too. I actually had to go outside and run generator to keep my solar house batteries pumped up, and was on red alert for lightning strikes.

    Trees love the nitrogen rich thunderstorms. No drought here.

  2. For any who ask why people there build down in the bottom is cuz the ridges don’t have flat tops and the hills are damn near straight up.
    I know we live just West of there and you live where you can.

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