TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -

Motorists cannot take State Highway 62 east of Twentynine Palms to get to Lake Havasu and the city of Parker for their Labor day weekend getaways.

The California Highway Patrol says Highway 62 was closed Wednesday
night east of the high desert town when rain from a strong thunderstorm flooded stretches of the rural roadway.

As of noon Friday the closure ran from Godwin Road, east of the city of Twentynine Palms, to the junction of State Highway 177 and State Highway 62.

A short stretch of State Highway 177 was reopened Thursday east of Highway 62 to Ironage Road.

Several large thunder cells moved slowly through the area Wednesday
evening around sunset triggering numerous flood watches and warnings.

Some low-lying areas were washed out, according to the CHP.

Highway 62 is a popular route from the Los Angeles area out to Colorado River water recreation areas popular with boaters.   

Motorists can instead take Highway 40 through Barstow and Needles or Interstate 10 to Quartzsite, then State Highway 95 north toward Parker.