Poppy Apocalypse! A California Town Is Overwhelmed Flower Lovers

About 150,000 people flocked to Lake Elsinore, California, over the weekend to see a sea of orange poppies. The AP reports that the "super bloom" only occurs about once a decade because it requires a wet winter and warm temperatures that stay above freezing. Unfortunately, the small town of 60,000 residents was not prepared for the amount of people who showed up and the complications they brought. People fainted in the heat, a city staffer was hit by a car and a dog was bitten by a rattlesnake while romping through the poppy fields. Things have gotten so chaotic that city officials dubbed the superbloom a "poppy apocalypse" and are imploring visitors to reschedule--or cancel--their trips. "Our small city cannot sustain crowds of this magnitude," they wrote on Facebook.

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