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Burning Man revelers begin exodus after flooding left tens of thousands stranded in Nevada desert

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BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — Partygoers stranded for days at the Burning Man festival by a late summer storm were allowed to start leaving Monday afternoon after muddy roads dried up enough for them to begin their exodus from the northern Nevada desert.

An unusual late-summer storm turned the weeklong fest into a sloppy mess, with tens of thousands stuck in foot-deep mud and with no working toilets. The gathering in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno attracts nearly 80,000 artists, musicians and activists for a mix of wilderness camping and avant-garde performances. More a half-inch of rain had fallen at the festival site Friday.

At least one death has been reported, but festival organizers say it wasn’t weather-related.

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