The owner of this Tesla Model 3 was lucky to escape with their life.
Flash floods struck the Mojave National Preserve in Souther California on Friday forcing the closure of several roads in the area, according to the area’s official Twitter account. At least one driver decided to ignore the warnings, resulting in their car getting swept away by flood waters.
Officials shared the image above on Friday along with a warning advising visitors not to bypass road closures. The driver of this red Tesla Model 3 decided to enter the Preserve anyway and got trapped by a wash on North Kelbaker Road. The occupants weren’t injured, but the car was abandoned. Judging by how much water and dirt likely entered the cabin and electrical systems, it’s probably totaled.
A map shared by the Mojave National Preserve’s Twitter account shows the amount of rainfall the area accumulated on Friday. Almost every major roadway in the Preserve was closed due to excessive debris, flood waters, or damage.
Mojave National Preserve has once again closed several damaged paved roads due to flash flooding. The latest heavy rains washed out portions of Black Canyon Road and covered South Kelbaker Road with rocks, sand, and debris. pic.twitter.com/ad0k2ODka2
— Mojave National Preserve (@MojaveNPS) August 26, 2022
Don’t expect the Preserve to open up any time soon. Most of these roads will stay closed until cleanup, damage assessment, and repairs happen, according to National Parks Traveler. And that could take months. We have a feeling it’ll be a good while until that Tesla gets dug out.
Brian Silvestro Road & Track staff writer with a taste for high-mileage, rusted-out projects and amateur endurance racing.