All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily closed

(CNN) – Yellowstone National Park announced Monday that all park entrances are temporarily closed due to “extremely dangerous conditions” due to “unprecedented” rainfall and flooding.

“Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park have been temporarily closed due to significant flooding, rockslides and road mudslides due to the recent amounts of rain and flooding,” the park said in a Facebook post.

The post added that no internal traffic was allowed “until conditions stabilize and the park can assess the damage to roads and bridges.” The northern, northeastern, western, southern and eastern entrances are all closed.

Multiple parts of the park are also experiencing power outages, according to a Facebook post on Facebook.

“With additional rain expected, the park does not want the large numbers of day-use visitors stranded in the park,” the post said.

“The river has never been this high before,” said Elizabeth Alock, a resident of Gardiner, Montana, located north of the park and serving as a gateway to visitors.

As of Monday afternoon, Alk said she was unable to evacuate because roads and bridges in the area were swept away.

Travelers planning to visit Yellowstone National Park in the coming weeks are advised to monitor road conditions, and the park is also advised.

‘Things are getting tougher’

A family staying in a short-term rental home in Gardiner near the park entrance is now unable to leave their rental cabin due to flooding in the area.

An Indiana couple, Melissa and Parker Manning, told CNN they arrived at their rented home on Saturday with their family, and are expected to leave Monday morning.

“It’s not going to happen any time soon,” Parker Manning said. “The water levels were high on Saturday but in the last 10-12 hours things have gotten a lot tougher.”

The couple joined a call with emergency management officials on Monday afternoon. Officials on the call suggested that local businesses consider rationing food, just in case.

Manning said they went to the grocery store, everyone was smart about what to stock and they didn’t panic.

“Our way out of town will be north at 89, but those roads are all underwater right now,” Manning said.

The couple have no idea when they will leave town, but Manning is hopeful within the next 48 hours.

Manning added that their rental host was very understanding of the situation.

Avoid tables and tables

Earlier on Monday, the park said in a press release that roads in the northern part of the park will be temporarily closed for “an extended period of time” before the closure is spread more widely.

“Initial assessments show that multiple sections of the road in the park have been swept between Gardiner and Cook City, Montana, and several bridges may be affected,” the statement said, adding that visitors are being evacuated in the northern part.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning for the park Monday and advised campers and hikers to avoid streams and streams.

The NWS warned those in vehicles: “Turn around, do not sink when encountering flooded roads.”

The NWS said Mammoth, Osprey Falls, Indian Creek Campground and Lava Creek Campgrounds, all located in the park, are locations that are expected to experience flooding.


Top photo: Rising waters of the Gardner River beside North Entrance Road in Yellowstone National Park.

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