Tuesday rainstorms hammered the south end of the Lake Mead National Recreation area, resulting in flash flooding and road closures. There were no reports of injuries.
“During this string of storms, the park setup an incident command to dispatch personnel to multiple areas where response was needed,” a news release stated. “Lake Mead’s pilot flew over the park to quickly locate washed out roads and areas where visitors were present.”
The National Weather Service reported that Willow Beach was deluged with 4.72 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
“The access road was closed around 7:30 a.m. Around 20 visitors, employees and marina staff were in the area at the time,” the release stated. “Visitors were escorted out of the area by 1:30 p.m. The road is closed until further notice.”
The National Park Service said a 28-passenger tour bus was stuck in running water at Pearce Ferry Road. The passengers were evacuated via a high-clearance vehicle.
Temple Bar access road is closed outside the park due to flooding across the Detrital Wash. Nelson Landing Road is also closed. Both roads will remain closed until further notice.
Due to debris on the roadways, Cottonwood Cove access road had restricted access, and South Cove Road was reduced to one lane.
“The safety of our visitors and employees is always the top priority,” said Lizette Richardson, park superintendent. “Our employees did an excellent job responding to the monsoon rains and flash flooding, ensuring park visitors and fellow staff members were safe and accounted for.”