EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Over 150 people were left stranded overnight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park due to flash flooding.

Park visitors trapped by a rushing river from the recent rains in our region, were stranded overnight.

Park officials report that the stranded visitors stayed in the visitors center for about nine hours, but have now all been safely evacuated. The park’s food concessionaire also opened up to provide food for stranded visitors.

Water, 20 feet deep in places, was reported to be roaring down the main road that provides access to the caverns and the visitors center, forcing visitors to stay overnight.

The official media accounts posting:

“Due to flooding, the road to the visitor center and cavern will be closed tomorrow (Sunday). The visitor center and cavern will also be closed. Maintenance crews will begin to assess and clean debris from the roadway. Check this site for updates.

Carlsbad Caverns NPS

Park officials are working on assessing damage and cleaning up debris.

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