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Badwater Reopens

October 23 2004 at 11:45 AM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to Death Valley Closes After Floods Kill 2 at Furnace Creek Wash


After two months of repairs, California Highway 178 has reopened from Shoshone, Calif., to the heart of Death Valley National Park.

The National Park Service reopened the road Friday, allowing access to Badwater, the lowest point in North America and one of the park's most visited spots.

The highway was closed after an Aug. 15 storm and flooding killed two people and damaged more than 100 miles of road in the national park, 180 miles west of Las Vegas.

The road was cleared of debris and reopened in mid-September, but was closed again less than 24 hours later after a second storm covered an 11-mile stretch of pavement with debris.

California Highway 190, the shortest route to the park from Las Vegas, is likely to remain closed until next year due to storm damage, officials said.

Death Valley, with 3.4 million acres, is the largest national park outside Alaska and one of the hottest places on Earth during the summer.

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