Heavy rains led to flooding within Lake Mead National Recreation Area in northwest Arizona on Tuesday, causing multiple road closures, according to the National Parks Service.

No injuries were reported, park officials said.

According to the National Weather Service, Willow Beach received 4.72 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The access road was closed about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. About 20 visitors, employees and marina staff were in the area at the time. Visitors were escorted out by 1:30 p.m., park officials said. The road remained closed until further notice.

At Pearce Ferry Road, a 28-passenger tour bus was stuck in the area because of running water, park officials said. The passengers were evacuated via a high-clearance vehicle. The road was muddy but passable. Four-wheel drive was recommended.

Temple Bar access road is closed outside the park because of water running in the Detrital Wash. Nelson Landing Road also was closed.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is 1.5 million acres. The park has more than 240 miles of paved roads and 800 miles of gravel or dirt roads. Over the next several days, rangers, maintenance crews and the park pilot were expected to assess damage and make repairs as needed, park officials said.


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