Flooding forces Yellowstone National Park to close all park entrances

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A popular summer travel destination, Yellowstone National Park is closed, effective immediately, due to unprecedented flooding.

The park closed its five entrances on Monday, June 13. It will also be closed on Tuesday, June 14, and possibly longer, depending on the evolution of the situation.

Record rainfall causes massive flooding inside the park, with fast-moving waters sweeping over bridges and damaging several roads. Large mudslides are blocking some roads, making them impassable at this time. Parts of the park are also suffering from power outages.

A washed out bridge over Rescue Creek in Yellowstone National Park
(Photo credit: NPS Photo)

“The community of Gardiner is currently isolated, and we are working with the county and the state of Montana to provide the necessary support for residents, who are currently without water or power in some areas,” said Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly. “We won’t know when the park will reopen until the floodwaters subside and we’re able to assess the damage throughout the park. It is likely that the North Loop will be closed for a long time. »

Park officials say flood levels are above record lows, with some areas already seeing 3 feet of water across the road. And there is more rain in the forecast this week.

Park officials urge anyone planning to visit Yellowstone National Park to closely follow updates on the park’s press releases page. You can also text “82190” to 888-777 for road updates or call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message.

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