The week long event takes place in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

The gates to the Burning Man festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, are to open after severe weather saw the event’s start delayed.

The site for the week-long community and arts festival, which has run since 1986, was waterlogged according to a report from Resident Advisor, and roads to the area were closed down by local police, with festival attendees being turned away and re-directed to alternative campsites.

However, the festival has now tweeted that the site will re-open today (August 26).

The festival runs until September 1 and works on a gift, rather than cash based, economy. This year’s theme is ‘Caravansary’. Burning Man is streaming live at UStream.