Celebrities stranded by mud and rain at the Nevada desert festival
The annual Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert turned into a nightmare for thousands of attendees who were trapped by heavy rains and floods. Among them were comedian Chris Rock and DJ Diplo, who had to walk for six miles in the mud before they could find a ride out of the disaster.
According to Fox News, the two celebrities were rescued by a fan who recognized them and offered them a lift in his pickup truck. Diplo shared the story on his Instagram account, where he posted a video of himself and Rock in the back of the truck, covered in mud and dust.
“I legit walked the side of the road for hours with my thumb out because I have a show tonight and didn’t want to let ya’ll down,” Diplo wrote. “I was about to hitchhike with this dude who had a confederate flag on his car but then this guy saved me.”
Rock also thanked the fan, whose name is Paul Reder, for his kindness and generosity. “He saved our lives,” Rock said. “He’s a hero.”
One death reported as authorities investigate the festival disaster
The rain and mud were not the only problems that plagued the Burning Man festival this year. Authorities in Nevada are also investigating a death that occurred during the event, but have not released any details about the identity or cause of death of the person.
The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office said the death happened during the festival, but did not specify when or where. The office also did not say whether the death was related to the weather conditions or any other factors.
The festival organizers have not issued any statement about the death or the investigation, but have asked attendees to shelter in place and conserve food, water and fuel until the storm passes.
Festival-goers share their experiences of the muddy ordeal
Many festival-goers have taken to social media to share their experiences of being stuck in the muddy desert, where they had to deal with flooded tents, rationed ice and unserviced toilets.
Some tried to make the best of the situation by playing games, dancing and splashing in the water. Others expressed frustration, anger and disappointment over the festival’s poor management and lack of communication.
Australian singer Casey Donovan, who was at the festival, posted on Instagram that she was “rained into the Playa” and hoped for some sunshine to clear things up. “Good thing is, we are safe, we have food and ‘dryish’ shelter,” she wrote. “It is very moist here and the forecast is for more rain over the next few days… fingers and toes crossed for some sunshine to clear things up.”
The festival, which began last week and was scheduled to end on Monday, attracts more than 70,000 people every year who come to celebrate art, music and creativity. The event is known for its large-scale installations, costumes and performances, as well as its burning of a giant wooden effigy on Saturday night.
However, this year’s event has been marred by the unprecedented weather conditions that turned the desert into a swamp. The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the area, said that vehicle gates will not open for the remainder of the event, and that more rain is expected over the next few days.