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Flood-damaged areas of Joshua Tree National Park to reopen

September 27, 2011 |  4:46 pm

Joshua Tree Park flood damage
Portions of Joshua Tree National Park that were closed earlier this month after flash flooding ravaged the area will be reopened, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

A nine-mile segment of road that extends from White Tank Campground to Ocotillo Patch pullout will be opened on noon Friday, park officials said. The opened roadway will allow visitors to reach the popular Cholla Cactus Garden.

Thunderstorms rumbled across the region Sept. 13, creating torrents of water that tore up roads and flooded campgrounds.

Pinto Basin Road and Cottonwood Campground, both of which were hit hard in the storm, will remain closed, officials said.

Officials are hoping to reopen Pinto Basin Road in phases, but no dates have been announced.

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Photo: Heavy flooding tore up roads earlier this month at Joshua Tree National Park. Credit: National Park Service

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