US: United States: The Desert of the Death Valley in California plagued by exceptional floods

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The extent of the damage is not yet known. A thousand people are blocked in the national park because of floods.

  Etats-Unis : le désert de la Vallée de la Mort en Californie en proie à des crues exceptionnelles © supplied by Franceinfo

a week after the violent floods which caused the death of twenty-five people in Kentucky , it is in the west of the United States that heavy rains fall. The Desert Valley of Death, California, observed intense and rare precipitation on Friday August 5. A thousand people are immobilized due to major floods, announced the National Valley National Park. Among them, "around 500 visitors and ,500 employees" are blocked by the closure of all the roads serving the East California National Park.

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California's Death Valley Hit by Severe Flooding After 2/3rds of Annual Rainfall in One Day Pic.twitter.com/0vq3х-MeMlep

-Bno News (@bnonews) August 6, 2022

This is Highway 190 in # DeathValley Around 2 PM Pic.twitter.com/was2х-UMEB

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"All the roads serving the park are for the moment closed and will remain closed until 'To what the park agents determine the extent of the damage, "added the park in its press release. The flood waters have torn off parts of roads on roads, launched trash containers against cars now out of use and flooded offices and hotels, specifies the park. The videos posted by Internet users show immobilized vehicles, a cut route.


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"The hottest place in the world"

The daily precipitation on Friday equals almost the record of the National Park. E n only once, the death valley received 37 millimeters of rain, while its annual average is "less than 50" millimeters. The park "is known to be the hottest place in the world and driest in North America, announces its website. More than a million and a half of tourists visit it each year.

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