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Burning Man: Thousands of partygoers allowed out of festival after floods

Tens of thousands of partygoers who were stranded for days at Nevada’s Burning Man festival due to flooding have begun to evacuate the camp.

Those who attended the festival were told that was the case Save food and water and find shelter after about 1.5 inches of rain fell in the northern Nevada desert on Friday, causing flooding and foot-deep mud.

The police said so too Death of a man in his forties at the festival was not weather related, but no further details were given.

Vehicles are seen exiting the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, the United States, on September 4, 2023. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight

The sheriff of nearby Pershing County said it was investigating but had not identified the man or the cause of death.

Organizers had begun allowing traffic to flow out of the makeshift city Monday afternoon, with delays of around five hours in exiting the site. The festival was closed to vehicles.

“It looked really apocalyptic,” festival volunteer Evi Airy said of the exodus of people.

Mud covers the ground at the Burning Man festival site in Black Rock, Nevada, U.S. September 2, 2023, in this screenshot from a social media video. Paul Reder/via REUTERS THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES.
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Image: Eddie Codel

“When you see the people walking barefoot with the children in such cold weather. Some people have a little kid here, like three or four years old. I don’t know how they survived.”

Attendees were also asked not to leave the Black Rock Desert — about 110 miles (177 km) north of Reno — on foot, as others did over the weekend, including star DJ Diplo and comedian Chris Rock.

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Satellite Image ©2023 Maxar Technologies.

Satellite Image ©2023 Maxar Technologies.
Satellite Image ©2023 Maxar Technologies.

Diplo, whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz, posted a video to Instagram Saturday night showing him and Rock in the back of a fan truck.

He said they walked six miles through the mud before finding an elevator.

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Chris Rock and Diplo escape from Burning Man

“I actually walked the curb for hours with my thumbs out,” Diplo wrote.

President Joe Biden told reporters in Delaware Sunday that he was aware of the situation at Burning Man, including the death, and that the White House was in touch with local authorities.

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