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Damage Caused by Recent Summer Storm Events at Lake Mead National Recreation Area 37-07

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Date: July 27, 2007
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8691

The National Park Service is reporting damage to some park roads and parking areas caused by recent isolated summer storm cells at Lake Mead NRA. The following areas have been affected:

Cottonwood Cove (on the Nevada side of Lake Mohave):
-Trees were uprooted in the lower campground and are being cleared today by maintenance crews.
-The upper campground has minor debris from overflowing irrigation ditches.
-This upper and lower campgrounds are open while the work is being done.

Eldorado Canyon (on the Nevada side of Lake Mohave):
-The access road off Highway 165 is closed due to mud and debris blocking the road. Maintenance crews will begin clearing this area after higher priority storm damage areas are repaired and/or cleared.

Princess Cove (on the Arizona side of Lake Mohave):
-The drainage area adjacent to the parking lot sustained significant damage. Several hundred feet of river rock called rip-rap, used to prevent erosion on slopes, has been washed away with curbing. That portion of the parking lot is closed, but the most of the parking lot remains usable. Maintenance crews will work to repair this lot next week.

Katherine Landing area roads (on the Arizona side of Lake Mohave):
-Cabinsite Road and North and South Telephone Cove Roads sustained minor flooding and maintenance crews will be able to clear the major debris and make the roads usable.

NPS Rangers and Maintenance Crews want to remind all visitors of the dangers posed by localized storms and flash flooding. When summer rain storms are in the area, it is important to not hike, camp, or fish in washes – even if it is not raining in your immediate vicinity. Visitors should never attempt to drive through a flooded area.

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