Major flash flooding hit Death Valley National Park on Friday, August 5, 2022, closing all roads, burying cars, and stranding around 1 000 people.

The extremely hot and dry park in the California desert received 37.1 mm (1.46 inches) of rainfall in a couple of hours, breaking the previous rainfall record for August 5, set in 1936 at 27.9 mm (1.10 inches).

Friday’s total is 10.9 mm (0.42 inches) below the park’s annual precipitation average of 48 mm (1.9 inches).

It is also more than has ever been recorded at the park during the entire month of August. Normal August rainfall at the park is just 2.5 mm (0.10 inches).

According to park officials, over 60 cars were found buried in rubble, and approximately 500 visitors and another 500 employees of the park were left stranded.

There were no initial reports of anybody being injured, and the California transport authority projected that it would take between four and six hours to open a route that would enable park visitors to exit the site.

This was the second significant flooding at the park within a week.