A series of El Nino-fueled storms in October ravaged parts of Death Valley with floods and mudslides, leading to serious road damage and impacting other park resources, including Devils Hole, a spring thats home to endangered fish.
According to the National Park Service, flash floods heavily damaged historic structures at Scottys Castle. In a press release, the park service floods pushed over a wall and buried some buildings with about five feet of mud.
The park often sees weather extremes, including flash flooding, but geologists said Octobers events were near the edge of the historic envelope.
The historic Garage/Longshed is severely damaged. Its not clear yet how much of the building can be salvaged, said Death Valley National Park superintendent Mike Reynolds.
Flood waters also flowed into the historic Hacienda building up to 2 feet deep, leaving mud and debris behind. The Cook House has a few inches of mud deposited in it.