Chris Rock and Diplo escape Burning Man amid flooding and shelters

Burning Man festival-goers, including Chris Rock And diploma, faced unexpected conditions.

After rains caused severe flooding in the desert, Nevada officials issued a protective order.

Rock, 58, and Diplo, 44, were two of the participants desperate for a way out of the situation that made headlines on Saturday September 2nd.

“A fan offered Chris Rock and I a ride out of a Burning Man in the back of a pickup truck,” the DJ captioned Instagram selfie video “After running six miles through the mud, all Chris could think of was a bloody cold brew [drink].”

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In the video, Diplo, wearing a gray T-shirt and ski goggles, sat in the back of a stranger’s open truck. Rock also looked casual in a New York Knicks jacket, which he paired with a black baseball cap.

Diplo further explained in his Instagram caption that he “actually walked the side of the road for hours” and even hitchhiked with a “thumbs out”. Diplo added that he had to leave the festival to get to his Washington DC concert later that evening. “I have a show in DC tonight and didn’t want to let you all down,” he added. “Thanks also to this guy who made the smart purchase of a truck not knowing he was there for that precise moment ❤️.”

Rock also documented the couple’s ordeal and shared footage of the thick mud on his own Instagram Story on Saturday.

Diplo announced via his Instagram Stories that they finally “made it out of Burning Man” in time for his concert. “Nobody made it out of Burning Man, they didn’t think we’d walk 6 miles through the mud,” he captioned a second post while on a private plane. “Nobody thought we were going to come to DC for the show tonight. But God did it.”

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The desert that is home to Burning Man saw up to 20 centimeters of rain on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. like mud that was difficult to maneuver through on foot or by car.

Local officials urged participants in the week-long festival to “take shelter on the spot” and to conserve their food and water. Organizers also urged anyone traveling to Burning Man on Saturday not to do the hike.

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“Participants arriving for the event should turn around and go home,” the Bureau of Land Management said NBC News in a statement on Saturday.

According to X (formerly Twitter) posts on the traffic side of the festivalorganizers closed the gates of Black Rock City and no cars were allowed on the site except for emergency vehicles.

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“The gate and airport in and out of Black Rock City will remain closed. Entry and exit will be stopped until further notice,” a tweet read on Saturday. “With the exception of emergency vehicles, driving is not permitted. If you are in BRC, conserve food, water and fuel and seek shelter in a warm, safe place.”

As of Sunday 3rd September the gates are still closed as a new X post advised guests to ‘stay safe’. police officer Nathan Carmichaelwho works with the local Pershing County Sheriff’s Office even told it CNN that more than 70,000 people are stranded and several campers are “stuck in place”.

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Officials are also investigating the death of a participant that “occurred during this rain event,” according to a Saturday news release from the sheriff’s department. “The family has been notified and the death is being investigated.”

According to CNN, the unidentified person was found unconscious on the playa – a submerged, dry desert lake bed that can become waterlogged in light rainfall – and attempts to revive her have been unsuccessful.

Lindsay Lowe

Lindsay Lowe is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Lindsay Lowe joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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