Flash flood footage captured near Death Valley National Park


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Days of monsoon rain and storms in the Las Vegas Valley flooded roads, homes and casinos last week. The powerful storms even downed trees on apartments and cars last week. To the south, near the California border and beyond, flash flooding also caused significant damage in remote areas.

Jeremy Lindenfeld, who is working on a documentary on climate change, drove from his home in Los Angeles to Lake Mead to film the effects of the severe drought, but his car was flooded with water.

“I was like, ‘Wow! I can’t believe I’m in a flash flood right now,'” Lindenfeld recalled.

After spending the weekend taking photos, videos and conducting interviews at Lake Mead, Lindenfeld and a colleague stopped in Baker on the way back and drove north towards Death Valley.

“We were getting a ton of flash flood warnings on the phones. We were like, ‘Oh, it won’t affect us, just keep going,’ Lindenfeld recounted. However, the road quickly turned into a river.

“We came to a giant stretch of road that had been flooded with water. We saw some cars stuck and it was quite a scene… Some men who were there were walking through the flood and I joined them, and I helped push the cars that were stuck,” Lindenfeld explained.

In the area, rainfall rates were one to two inches per hour. Death Valley averages about two inches of rain per year.

Death Valley National Park has shared an image on social media of a vehicle that was swept away from Highway 190 by the powerful flash floodwaters. Most park roads were closed during the cleanup.

In the Mojave National Preserve, all roads were closed due to flash flooding and some of them were washed out.

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