Yellowstone National Park announced on June 13 that all entrances are temporarily closed due to heavy flooding, rockslides, and “extremely hazardous conditions.”
The National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement that no inbound visitors will be allowed into the park from June 14 to 15 at the minimum due to substantial flooding, rockslides, and mudslides from unprecedented rainfall and flooding.
Flood levels measured on the Yellowstone River are “beyond record levels,” NPS said.
The park added that multiple locations in the park are without power and that many roads remain closed for an extended period of time.
According to preliminary assessments, multiple sections of roads throughout the park have either been washed out or covered in mud or rocks, affecting multiple bridges.
NPS released a video on Twitter showing the flood and the road damages at the North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
“Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides, and other issues,” park superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.
Sholly added that much of Gardiner was “isolated” and that officials “are working with the county and State of Montana to provide necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas.”
NPS also said that multiple roads in the southern portion “are also on the verge of being flooded, further restricting access.”
Officials are also taking precautions to ensure that wastewater and water treatment facilities are not failing.
“We will not know timing of the park’s reopening until flood waters subside and we’re able to assess the damage throughout the park,” Sholly said.
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