Burning Man Roads May Reopen Monday for Stranded Festivalgoers

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04 September 2023, USA, Black Rock: The undated photo shows tents between puddles and mud on the grounds of the "Burning Man" festival. Tens of thousands of visitors to the desert festival "Burning Man" are stranded on the site in the US state of Nevada after heavy rainfall over the weekend. Photo: David Crane/dpa (Photo by David Crane/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Burning Man Roads May Reopen Monday for Stranded Festivalgoers
04 September 2023, USA, Black Rock: The undated photo shows tents between puddles and mud on the grounds of the “Burning Man” festival. Tens of thousands of visitors to the desert festival “Burning Man” are stranded on the site in the US state of Nevada after heavy rainfall over the weekend. Photo: David Crane/dpa (Photo by David Crane/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The roads out of Burning Man may reopen Monday for tens of thousands of people who are still trapped at the festival site after intense rain left the area smothered in mud.

Officials said that they are working to clear the roads and make it safe for people to leave. However, they warned that the process could take several days.

The rain began on Saturday night and continued through Sunday. It caused widespread flooding and mudslides, making it difficult for people to get around.

The Burning Man festival is an annual event that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the world.

The festival is known for its radical self-expression and its commitment to leaving no trace. However, the mudslides have forced organizers to cancel some of the events and to ask people to leave the site.

The roads out of Burning Man are typically closed on Monday morning. However, officials said that they may reopen earlier if the weather cooperates.

Those who are still at the festival are being asked to stay put and to follow the instructions of the event staff.

The rain has also caused problems for other parts of Nevada. The city of Reno has declared a state of emergency, and the National Guard has been deployed to help with the flooding.

The rain is expected to taper off on Monday, but the mudslides are likely to continue to cause problems for several days.

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