Parts of Yellowstone may remain closed for ‘extended periods’ after floods

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Yellowstone National Park said Tuesday that its northern part may remain closed for an “extended period of time” after historic floods washed away roads and damaged property.

Visitors who travel to the park – which spans between three states – in the coming weeks are urged to stay informed about road and weather conditions.

Known damage to the park includes the north entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs in Gardiner, Montana, and mudslides cut trees from Tower Junction to the northeast entrance and affected the road from Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction and the road from Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge was “potentially vulnerable.”

Electricity continued to be out at multiple locations in the park and the water and sewage systems in Canyon Village and Mammoth Hot Springs are affected by flood conditions and are being monitored.

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The roaring Yellowstone River is seen from the air sweeping through trees and near homes Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Billings, Mont.
(Associated Press/Brittany Peterson)

And the National Park Service wrote that many sections of the road have “completely disappeared” and may not open this season, and that all entrances remain temporarily closed.

At least 200 homes in Red Lodge, Montana, and the town of Fromberg have been submerged, according to Carbon County authorities.

The flood comes after torrential rain and rapid snowmelt, which pushed the Yellowstone, Citywater and Clarks Fork rivers to record levels.

“I’ve heard this is a thousand-year event, whatever that means these days. It seems to be happening more and more frequently,” Supervisor Cam Scholey told The Associated Press.

A house pulled up in Rock Creek in Red Lodge, Mountain, is seen by raging floodwaters on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. More than 100 homes in the small town were flooded when heavy rain swelled into waterways across the Yellowstone area, officials said.

A house pulled up in Rock Creek in Red Lodge, Mountain, is seen by raging floodwaters on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. More than 100 homes in the small town were flooded when heavy rain swelled into waterways across the Yellowstone area, officials said.
(Photo by Associated Press/Matthew Brown)

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Water levels are expected to recover on Tuesday afternoon, although additional flooding is “potential” over the weekend.

While there are no known injuries or deaths from the “unprecedented” flooding, more than 10,000 visitors have been ordered to evacuate the country’s oldest national park.

Flood damage is seen along a street Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Red Lodge, Mont.  Residents cleaned up after record flooding in southern Montana this week.

Flood damage is seen along a street Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Red Lodge, Mont. Residents cleaned up after record flooding in southern Montana this week.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Montana National Guard On Monday, it said it had sent two helicopters to help with the evacuations.

The only visitors left in the park were the dozens of campers who had left the countryside.

Floodwaters from the Clarks River's Fork Yellowstone surround a home near Bridger, Montana, on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Floodwaters from the Clarks River’s Fork Yellowstone surround a home near Bridger, Montana, on Monday, June 13, 2022.
(AP Photo/Emma H. ‚Äč‚ÄčTobin)

People have left the hospital and low-lying areas of Livingston.

This aerial image provided by the National Park Service shows a Low Blacktail Patrol Cabin washed up in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, June 13, 2022.

This aerial image provided by the National Park Service shows a Low Blacktail Patrol Cabin washed up in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, June 13, 2022.
(Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

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The floods come at the height of the tourist season, with more than 4 million visitors counted by the park last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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