Hours after uncommon and serious flooding hit California's Death Valley,

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  shutting down streets and abandoning approximately 1,000 individuals

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 waters were retreating Saturday and police accompanied a large number of those caught to somewhere safe.

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  Demise Valley, with its immense sand hills, singing salt pads and perpetual barren wasteland

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 is the biggest public park in the 48 lower states.

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 "With north of 1,000 miles of street in the recreation area, and 3.4 million sections of land,

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 the NPS said, "it will require investment to get a full evaluation of the harm."

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 A sum of 1.46 inches (3.7 centimeters) of downpour fell in the recreation area's Furnace Creek region

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  nearly tying the past everyday record of 1.47 inches.

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 The typical yearly precipitation is under two inches a year.