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'Poppy Apocalypse': Small California city overrun by thousands of tourists declares 'public safety crisis'

from The Washington Post

Hillsides blanketed in brightly colored flowers are often a blissful, at times even calming, sight. But for one small city in Southern California, the idyllic scenes have become a chaotic nightmare: The “Poppy Apocalypse.” The harbingers of destruction? Tens of thousands of flower-crazed tourists. Officials in Lake Elsinore, California, located just over an hour southeast of Los Angeles, announced recently that they had closed off access to their famed California golden poppy fields after “Disneyland size crowds” inundated the city of about 66,000 over the weekend, straining resources and creating a “public safety crisis.” more

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