Flash flood warning issued for Joshua Tree National Park until 6 p.m. Monday

2021-08-30 22:18:45

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Joshua Tree National Park and nearby areas, effective until 6 p.m. Monday.

Heavy rain had already fallen in pockets and was expected to continue Monday afternoon, with the National Weather Service warning of “life-threatening flash flooding of low-water crossings, creeks, normally dry washes and roads.” The warning also applied to the towns of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley.

The rainfall had already caused one road closure close to the park. At 3:05 p.m., California Highway Patrol troopers reported vehicles stuck along Nipton Road near Interstate 15, with the road expected to be “impassable due to flooding and debris” through late afternoon.

Flooding in the area is possible until early Wednesday morning, with Joshua Tree National Park under a flash flood watch — which is below a warning in terms of severity — for most of Tuesday.  

Other parts of southern California could also see rain this week, with the Coachella Valley and nearby areas included in a flash flood watch effective from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Some areas could see one to two inches of rainfall per hour, according to the National Weather Service.


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