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DEATH VALLEY National Park, California – Death Valley National Park’s most popular sites will reopen to the public on Saturday, two weeks after the massive flash flood, but the National Park Service warn travelers there will be delays and further road closures.
Sites that will reopen include the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point and Mesquite Dunes, according to the park Facebook page.
Access to the park will be limited to State Road 190 and Panamint Valley Road.
Death Valley was hit on August 5 by historic downpours from monsoon thunderstorms that caused millions of dollars in damage to roads and facilities.
State Route 190 through the park reopened around 5 p.m. Friday, two weeks after it was closed because flash flooding damaged miles of shoulder, the California Department of Transportation announced.
Crews will continue to fill in sections that have been washed away, and motorists may experience some slowing down and lane closures in the fall to allow for repairs, Caltrans said.
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Visitors have been warned to plan ahead and not rely on GPS devices as all other paved roads will remain closed for repairs and as country roads are still being assessed.
Joshua Tree park officials advise visitors to drive carefully and watch out for desert turtles because the water encourages them to rise and they can be mistaken for rocks in the road.
The National Weather Service Office in San Diego said another increase in monsoon humidity would increase the likelihood of mountain and desert thunderstorms over the weekend. Another rally is expected in the middle of next week.