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