Yellowstone National Park closed all five entrances through Wednesday due to “unprecedented” flooding that swept away a bridge and roads.
Aerial images show valleys, roads and houses submerged after the recent terrible downpour.
In a statement, park officials said, “Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily closed due to significant flooding, rockfalls and mudslides on roads.”
“Given the projected additional rainfall, the park does not want large numbers of day visitors to be stranded at the park.”
The National Park Service said the park was suffering “above record levels” of flooding.
Visitors to the park were evacuated from the northern section Monday morning after flooding began blocking roads, park officials said.
Later in the day, they proceeded to evacuate the southern part of the park.
“It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a significant amount of time,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.
Staff and some campers were stranded due to the flooding.
On Monday, 56 employees were unable to walk before floodwaters eroded the road, KTVQ reported.
Officials said those stranded were safe and had access to shelter.
“We are working with the county and state of Montana to provide needed assistance to residents who are currently without water and electricity in some areas,” Sholly said.
A water level in a river in the northern part of Yellowstone measured 16.7 feet Monday morning, breaking the previous record by about four and a half, Jason Straub of the National Weather Station told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Park officials said they will be monitoring the situation to determine when it is safe to enter the park.
Those planning to visit Yellowstone in the coming weeks are urged to check road conditions.
The Sun has reached out to Yellowstone National Park officials regarding this incident.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5555279/yellowstone-national-park-flooding-aerial-pictures-wyoming/ Yellowstone National Park has been closed due to “unprecedented” flooding and shock aerial photos show terrible torrential downpours