Historic flooding in Death Valley

Posted by on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Northern areas of Death Valley has been slammed by one storm after another during October.

One storm in particular dropped over 75 mm of rain in five hours. As a result it triggered a flood event that caused extensive damage to historic structures, roadways, and layers of rock and mud.

The area typically only receives about 100 mm of rain a year. Flooding also destroyed the area's water treatment facility and sewage system.

Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. It is the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America. Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level.



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