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Burning Man Festival Attendees Stranded Due to Heavy Rainstorm

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, September 2, 2023 5:32 pm

NEVADA – Tens of thousands of Burning Man festival-goers find themselves in an unexpected situation as heavy rainfall hits the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Organizers have urged attendees to conserve their essential resources, such as food, water, and fuel, as they shelter in place.

The festival grounds are now covered in thick, ankle-deep mud, making it impossible for vehicles to move in or out. The gate and airport into Black Rock City remain closed, with access restricted to emergency vehicles only.

Reports suggest that people at the festival are using creative solutions like wrapping trash bags and Ziploc bags around their shoes to navigate the muddy terrain. Some are even walking barefoot.

The festival, which typically draws more than 70,000 participants, is currently in progress from August 28 to September 5. Unfortunately, the weather forecast indicates the possibility of more showers, raising concerns among organizers and attendees.

The National Weather Service has reported significant rainfall, with up to 0.8 inches from Friday morning to Saturday morning, equivalent to two to three months of rainfall for the area. Flood watches are in effect in the northeast part of Nevada, with the potential for up to 3 inches of rainfall through the weekend.

The Bureau of Land Management, responsible for the festival’s location, has advised those planning to attend Burning Man to stay home due to closed roads and unfavourable conditions.

Burning Man, known for its artistic and community-building aspects, faces this unexpected weather challenge, with participants typically gathering from all over for a unique and memorable experience.

Credits: CNN

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