08-18-22 | News

Death Valley National Park Received Emergency Funds for Flooding

Federal Highway Administration Announces $11.7 Million in Funding
by Staff

As a consequence of the historic rainfall in Death Valley National Park, all the routes within the park had to be closed.

After historically high levels of rainfall in Death Valley National Park led to serious flooding, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the availability of $11.7 million in emergency relief funds for the National Park Service. On August 5, Death Valley saw unprecedented rainfall that was escribed by meteorologist with the National Weather Service as a once in a thousand-year event. The perception over a few hours was comparable to the amount of rain Death Valley experiences over a year. This led to extreme flooding that caused damage to roads, buildings, and utilities.


US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg commented on the floods in saying, "The Federal Highway Administration is working closely with the National Park Service to repair the damage caused by the flooding at Death Valley National Park. The quick release funding we are providing will help get those repairs done as soon as possible and better prepare this area for future floods."

FHWA's press release explained how any additional funds for Death Valley would be supported by the Emergency Relief program which comes through national funding allocations. Additionally, "FHWA is also providing technical assistance, conducting site assessments, and administering emergency contracts for the National Park Service."


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