Washington – Attendees to the Burning Man festival, held every year in the Nevada desert, began leaving the venue this Monday after having passed the last days trapped due to heavy rains that left the land flooded with water and mud.
Evacuation operations began because some roads and paths had dried out enough to allow vehicle traffic, the organizers of the popular festival reported on their website.
However, attendees were advised to wait one more day to avoid traffic congestion. Approximately 64,000 people remained on the festival grounds Monday afternoon, according to organizers.
Torrential rains overnight Friday and Saturday turned the area into a quagmire; and as a result, since Friday, hundreds of vehicles, including many heavy caravans, were stranded in the desert.
The roads going in and out of the Black Rock City They were closed on Saturday and organizers asked attendees to take shelter and ration their food and water, since it was practically impossible for vehicles to circulate.
This could be seen in the images published in the American media, taken from the air by a drone, in which hundreds of stranded vehicles appear, surrounded by mud.
The Burning Man festival takes place each year on a dry lake in the Nevada desert, where a temporary city is built that can be accessed via a two-lane highway.
During the event, attendees can participate in a series of artistic and community activities that, according to some of the attendees, have continued to be held these days despite the ground conditions.
According to the organizers, the festival is guided by a series of principles, including “civil responsibility”, “radical expression” or “leave no trace”, and the use of money is not allowed (although tickets for going cost hundreds of dollars).
In one of the statements published today, the organizers insisted on one of the festival’s principles: “Don’t forget to leave no trace and community effort when you leave. “All participants are expected to pack up everything they brought and clean the camp space before leaving town.”