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Flash floods force closures at Joshua Tree National Park

September 13, 2011 |  5:41 pm

Park Route 11 Flood Damage
Flash flooding in Joshua Tree National Park Tuesday on tore up roadways and flooded parts of campgrounds, forcing officials to close areas of the park.

At least 3 inches of rain fell in the Pinto Basin and Cottonwood Spring areas of the park, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The Cottonwood Visitors Center was flooded, and parts of the Cottonwood Campground were washed away. The two sites have been closed to visitors, along with Route 11 between the White Tank Campground entrance to the south park boundary at Interstate 10, park spokesman Joe Zarki said in a statement.

All other areas of the park, including the popular Route 12 between Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, remain open. Visitors are urged to pay attention to local weather reports for updates on flash-flood warnings.

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Photo: Heavy flooding tore up roads Tuesday at Joshua Tree National Park. Credit: National Park Service

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