Flower-crazed tourists, Instagrammers cause ‘super bloom apocalypse’ in California

By Andrea Romano
March 19, 2019, 2:42:37 PM EDT

City officials in Lake Elsinore, California have been forced to shut down Walker Canyon after last weekend, according to USA Today. The reason isn’t because of fires, floods, falling rocks or any other dangerous natural disasters in the area.

It’s because of poppies.

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Or rather, it’s because of the insatiable popularity of the poppies. Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to see the “super bloom” in Lake Elsinore, a special time of year when all the flowers off of Interstate 15 bloom at the same time in a stunning display of color.

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Unfortunately, travelers in search of the colorful flowers created a public safety crisis, The Washington Post reported.

Officials announced that “Disneyland sized crowds” strained resources on the small city of only 66,000.

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“This weekend has been unbearable...We will evaluate all options next week including ways to shut this down...We know it has been miserable and has caused unnecessary hardships for our entire community,” the city said in a statement on Sunday on social media.

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