A mudslide in California caused several vehicles to become trapped under rubble, affecting several people who were trapped, local authorities said.
Fire units responded immediately to help about 50 people left among the two dozen cars. Mud reportedly had pushed vehicles across the road.
The landslide occurred near Pine Canyon Road between Shaffer Road and Blaisdell Roadthe Los Angeles County Fire Department wrote in the tweet.
According to the department, units arrived at the scene around 7:40 p.m. to help free vehicles that were unable to escape both the mudflow and debris.
Some people were rescued by firefighters on the ground and others were taken to safety by helicopters. of the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to the LAFD.
Likewise, the Red Cross and Public Works were notified of what happened.
At this time, southbound Lake Hughes Road south of Elizabeth Lake Road and other roads in the area remain closed due to the mudslide. The incident is still active, according to firefighters.
Floods leave 1,000 people trapped in California
In other events, due to heavy rains over the past month, flash floods in Death Valley National Park buried cars, trapping some 1,000 people, prompting authorities to immediately close all roads in and out of the park. park at that time.
The park, which is located near the California-Nevada border, received at least 1.7 inches (4.3 centimeters) of rain. in the Furnace Creek area, which park officials said amounted to “an entire year’s rain in one morning.”
That average is just shy of the previous calendar record of 1.47 inches of rain, set since April 15, 1988. While the total annual average is around 1.94 inches, and the highest amount ever recorded for August, in Death Valley which is the lowest, driest and hottest place in the United States, it has an average 0.11 inches of rain per year.
The flooding left 60 vehicles buried in debris, and around 500 visitors and 500 park workers were unable to get out, park authorities said.
In addition, it was the second flood of this magnitude in the park during the month of August. Some roads were even closed after they were covered in mud and debris from earlier flash flooding that hit western Nevada and northern Arizona hard.
During storms, the flood waters pushed the dumpsters towards the parked cars, causing the cars to collide with each other. In addition, many facilities were flooded, including hotel rooms and business offices,” the park’s statement said.
As of that Saturday morning, “everything went smoothly,” said Nikki Jones, a busboy at a restaurant in Park’s Ranch Inn, who posted a video of the flooding on Twitter.
Jones also told The Washington Post that flood waters had subsided by Friday afternoon, but light debris remained on the roads. However, he highlighted the good work they have done to clean the place. “CalTrans has done an amazing job cleaning it up quickly, I drove the highways today.”
For context, the current is fed by the southwest monsoon, which forms each summer when the prevailing winds move from west to south, carrying an upwelling of moisture to the north. this humidity can unleash heavy rains that mar the arid desert landscape because there is little soil to absorb the rainand any measurable rainfall can cause flooding in low-lying areas, and heavy rains can join normally dry streams or trigger flash floods.