Video shows road destroyed in Yellowstone as tourists trapped in area – East Idaho News

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming — All entrances to Yellowstone National Park will be closed through at least Thursday due to heavy rain, flooding, rock slides and extremely dangerous conditions.

Aerial video posted in the park Facebook page Monday shows a large section of paved road alongside a river near the north entrance eroded and washed away in several places due to high water levels.

Similar situations have been reported in other parts of the park, with power outages in many areas following “unprecedented” amounts of rain and flooding, according to a news release.

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“Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly said. “Due to predictions of higher flood levels in areas of the southern loop of the park, in addition to concerns with water and wastewater systems, we will begin moving southern loop visitors out of the park later today in coordination with our business in the park. partners.”

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Yellowstone National Park

The northern loop is likely to be closed “for a considerable time,” and park staff are working with the county and state to provide support to residents of Gardiner, Montana, a town north of the park that is cut off by dangerous conditions. .

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A family staying in a short-term rental house in Gardiner near the park entrance is unable to leave their rental cabin due to flooding in the area.

Indiana couple Melissa and Parker Manning he told CNN They arrived at their rental on Saturday with their family and expected to leave on Monday morning.

“That’s not going to happen anytime soon,” Parker Manning said. “The water levels were high on Saturday, but in the last 10 to 12 hours, things have gotten more difficult.”

The couple joined a call with emergency management officials Monday afternoon. Officials on the call suggested that local businesses consider rationing food, just in case.

Manning said they went to the grocery store and everyone was being smart about what to stock up and not panicking.

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“Our way out of town would be north on 89, but those roads are currently all under water,” Manning said.

The couple has no idea when they will be able to leave town, but Manning hopes it will be within the next 48 hours.

His rental host was very understanding of the situation, Manning added.

Flood levels in the Yellowstone River are “beyond record levels,” says the Yellowstone website.

“The river has never been this high in my house before,” said Elizabeth Aluck, a resident of Gardiner, which serves as a gateway for visitors. As of Monday afternoon, Aluck said she was unable to evacuate because roads and bridges in the area were washed out.

Whats Next

It’s unknown when Yellowstone will reopen, but all entrances will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday “at a minimum.”

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the park on Monday and advised campers and hikers to avoid creeks and creeks.

“I appreciate the efforts of the Yellowstone team and partners to safely evacuate areas of the park and our partners in the gateway community who are helping us during this important event,” said Sholly.

The latest road conditions in the park can be found here.

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