Officials have closed traffic to Yellowstone National Park

Update 1:25 PM

Yellowstone National Park Administrator Cam Scholey issued this statement:

“Due to the recording of flood events in the park and increased rainfall in the forecast, we have made the decision to close Yellowstone to all incoming visits. Our first priority was to evacuate the northern part of the park where we have many faults in roads, bridges, mudslides and other issues. The Gardiner community is currently isolated. We are working with the county and state of Montana to provide needed support to residents, who are currently experiencing water and power cuts in some areas.Due to forecasts of rising flood levels in areas of the park’s southern ring, as well as concerns about water and sanitation systems, we will begin relocating visitors in the southern ring. Outside the park later today in coordination with our in-park commercial partners We won’t know when the park will reopen until the flood waters have subsided and we can assess damage across the park The North Loop will likely be closed for an extended period of time I appreciate the efforts of Team Yellowstone and partners to safely clear park areas and gateway community partners who are helping us through this major event. It is offered by the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, and the governors of Montana and Wyoming.”

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Update 11:05 am

Officials closed all incoming traffic into Yellowstone National Park “due to extremely hazardous conditions from unprecedented amounts of rain.”

Park officials issued this statement:

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily closed due to severe flooding, rockslides, and extremely hazardous conditions; Stay informed about road conditions and weather conditions!

Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily closed due to massive flooding, rockslides and road mudslides from unprecedented amounts of rain and recent flooding.

Effective immediately, no visitors will be allowed into the park until conditions have stabilized and the park can assess damage to roads, bridges and other facilities. This includes visitors with accommodation and camping reservations.

Closed entrances include:

– north

– Northeast

– the West

– South

– east

Power outages at multiple locations in the park.

Visitors planning to come to Yellowstone in the coming weeks should pay close attention to the condition of the road.

Many park roads may remain closed for an extended period of time.

Initial assessments show that multiple sections of roads throughout the park have been washed or covered with mud or rocks, and many bridges may be affected.

Multiple roads in the southern part of the park are also on the verge of flooding, further restricting access.

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

Stresses on water and sewage treatment facilities can become a factor, and the park is taking precautions to ensure the facilities do not fail.

The National Park Service, surrounding counties, Montana, and Wyoming will work with gateway communities to assess flood impacts and provide support to residents.

Rain is expected to continue over the next several days. Flood levels measured on the Yellowstone River are exceeding record levels.

More information: go.nps.gov/220613

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Yellowstone National Park – Roads in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park were temporarily closed Monday morning due to massive flooding, rockslides and road mudslides due to unprecedented amounts of recent rain.

Park officials said in a press release that some roads may be closed for an extended period of time.

Monday morning road closures include:

  • North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) to Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt
  • Roosevelt Tower to the northeast entrance
  • Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris Junction
  • Canyon Junction to Tower-Roosevelt

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Large rockslide on North Entrance Road in Gardner Canyon.

The press release notes that initial assessments show that multiple sections of road in the park have been washed between Gardiner and Cookie City, Montana, and several bridges may be affected.

Visitors are currently being evacuated in the northern part of the park.

American Highway 89 S is closed at Yankee Jim Canyon because there is approximately 3 feet of water on the road. check the The Montana Department of Transportation [mdt.mt.gov] for road updates.

The National Park Service, Park County, Montana, and State will work with the communities of Gardiner, Silver Gate, and Cooke City to assess flood impacts and provide support to residents.

Stay up to date on the latest road conditions in Yellowstone here: Park Roads [nps.gov].

The press release states that park crews will begin assessing damage in the southern part of the park soon and rain is expected to continue over the next several days.

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Washed bridge at Rescue Creek

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