Death Valley National Park soaked again by thunderstorm

Rain again caused road closures in Death Valley National Park.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Kay caused heavy localized damage Saturday afternoon.

California Route 190 is closed from the Route 136 junction to Stovepipe Wells Village. Badwater Road is fully closed and many other roads in the park are still closed due to flooding five weeks ago, according to a news release.

Luckily for park residents, the National Weather Service notified National Park Service rangers about an hour before the storm hit.

“Rangers have warned people to leave the area,” park spokeswoman Abby Wines wrote in the press release on Sunday. “An RV could not leave until the National Park Service road crew cleared a single administrative lane Sunday morning.”

Also Saturday afternoon, about 40 vehicles were stranded by active flooding on Highway 190 west of Towne Pass. At the same time, a tour bus got its wheels stuck in soft sand trying to turn around. The bus blocked both lanes of 90 for about an hour, east of Stovepipe Wells. Most of the vehicles were able to drive around the bus on the shoulder, but a tractor-trailer and a motorhome had to wait.

Route 190 has at least one section of pavement missing on both lanes on the west side of Towne Pass. Caltrans did not provide an estimate of when the road section will reopen.

At least three major thunderstorms have caused extensive damage to park roads and trails since the first week of August. The monsoon season saw parts of the park receive varying degrees of rain on the majority of days over the five weeks.

For general information on all the routes in the park, go here.

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