YELLOWSTONE National Park has been a landmark since 1872, offering visitors the chance to see wildlife and stunning scenery.
Despite being a popular attraction, it was hit by flooding and rockfalls on June 14, 2022, causing the park to close.
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone National Park spans 2.2 million acres and spans three states including Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
The park contains about half of the world’s natural geysers, which are a natural spring that ejects boiling water and steam into the air.
Yellowstone is home to the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful, which erupts about every 60 to 90 minutes.
March 1, 2022 marked the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone’s founding as a national park.
Then-President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Park Preservation Act into law to protect the landscape, wildlife, cultural heritage, and geological and ecological systems.
The law, titled the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, was the first in the United States to designate a piece of land as a protected national park, according to the National Park Service.
Why is Yellowstone flooding?
Severe flooding and rock falls have been reported in northern parts of the park due to weather conditions.
In the affected areas, it rained for two to three months in just three days.
Snowmelt and rainfall over the Beartooths and Absarokas — which straddle the Montana-Wyoming border — have caused “rare or never-before-seen flooding in many of the region’s rivers and streams,” the National Weather Service said in Billings.
It was so bad that some houses were swept away due to the floods.
The park has been evacuated and surrounding communities are cut off from clean drinking water.
About 40 people were flown to safety June 13-14 by a Montana helicopter company from the Park County town of Gardiner, CNN reports.
The forecast is for more rain to come.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on June 14 declared a “statewide disaster” “to help affected communities get back on their feet as soon as possible,” according to a Twitter post.
Is Yellowstone National Park closed?
The park announced on the afternoon of June 13 that all park entrances were closed to visitors, citing “record flood events.”
“Our first priority was evacuating the northern portion of the park, where we are experiencing multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues,” Yellowstone Parks Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement
“Well over 10,000 visitors” were at the park, according to Sholly, who told a news conference he didn’t have an exact figure, but the average June attendance may range from 15,000 to 20,000.
Several cities north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana’s Park County have also experienced extensive flooding, which undermined roads and bridges and made travel unsafe, Park County officials said in a Facebook post.
The damage from flooding in the town of Gardiner is “significant,” Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler said.
The National Guard and local rescue teams conducted evacuations, water rescues and airlifts.
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