Flash flooding forces evacuation from Carlsbad Caverns


Carlsbad Caverns National Park Sign

(NewsNation) — Flash flooding from heavy rainfall left an estimated 200 people stranded at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico Saturday, according to KOAT.

Park officials issued a shelter-in-place order for several hours Saturday at the park’s visitor center after the roads became impassable due to the flooding. Officials were finally able to allow people to safely leave the park before midnight on Saturday night.

The park is a popular tourist destination for those looking to explore desert wildlife and over a hundred different limestone caves in southeastern New Mexico, including the most popular cave: Carlsbad Cavern, which the park is named after.

The National Park Service closed the road leading to the Carlsbad Cavern and visitor center Sunday due to the flooding, also stating both facilities will be closed as well.

The park service also had a danger warning for Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, temporarily closing the road due to flooding last week.

Storms continueed throughout the day Sunday, and flash flood warnings remain in effect in the area.

Flash floods hit the Southwest region Saturday, submerging cities like Moab, Utah; which is featured in the video below. The storms have migrated east through Texas Sunday.

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