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Yellowstone closes ALL entrances due to ‘unprecedented’ flooding

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park were closed to visitors Monday after “unprecedented” rain showers caused flooding, power outages, landslides and mudslides.

A bridge at Rescue Creek in the park was destroyed by the rainfall, while a number of roads were washed away by devastating mudslides caused by the inclement weather.

The park said in a statement: “Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily CLOSED due to significant flooding, landslides and mudslides on roads due to recent unprecedented amounts of rain and flooding.”

The statement added: “With the predicted additional rainfall, the park does not want large numbers of day tourists stranded in the park.”

In a separate statement, the National Park Service said the flooding is “beyond record levels.”

Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in Wyoming, but also extends into Montana and Idaho. It is perhaps most famous for its geysers, including Old Faithful.

In June 2019, the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic, the park attracted more than 780,000 visitors.

The entrances to the park will remain closed until Wednesday

The entrances to the park will remain closed until Wednesday

The bridge at Rescue Creek in the park after being washed away

The bridge at Rescue Creek in the park after being washed away

National Park Service said floods are 'beyond record levels'

National Park Service said floods are ‘beyond record levels’

Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in Wyoming, but also extends into Montana and Idaho.  Most famous for its geysers, especially Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in Wyoming, but also extends into Montana and Idaho. Most famous for its geysers, especially Old Faithful

Yellowstone's statement said visitors will not be allowed access to

Yellowstone’s statement said visitors will not be allowed access to “stabilize conditions and allow the park to assess damage to roads, bridges and other facilities”

Jason Straub of the National Weather Services said a water meter in the Lamar River in northern Yellowstone measures water at 16.7 feet – 4.5 feet above the highest level previously recorded, reports the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

In any case, the park will remain closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Yellowstone’s statement said visitors will not be allowed access to “stabilize conditions and allow the park to assess damage to roads, bridges and other facilities.”

Scattered snow showers and rain are expected in Yellowstone on Tuesday with a total snow accumulation of half an inch possible along with thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. By Wednesday, the forecast is “mostly sunny” with a high of 65F. By Friday, the maximum is expected to be close to 90F.

More rain and thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday through Monday.

Scattered snow showers and rain are expected in Yellowstone on Tuesday with a total snow accumulation of half an inch possible along with thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered snow showers and rain are expected in Yellowstone on Tuesday with a total snow accumulation of half an inch possible along with thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

A statement from Yellowstone said visitors will not be allowed access to

A statement from Yellowstone said visitors will not be allowed access to “stabilize conditions and allow the park to assess damage to roads, bridges and other facilities.”

According to the National Water Service, between 0.75 and 1.75 centimeters of rain had fallen in the area as of 10:45 a.m.

According to the National Water Service, between 0.75 and 1.75 centimeters of rain had fallen in the area as of 10:45 a.m.

Rockslides shown here due to the massive flooding in Yellowstone

Rockslides shown here due to the massive flooding in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly described Gardiner's community as 'isolated'

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly described Gardiner’s community as ‘isolated’

Elizabeth Aluck, a resident of Gardiner, Montana — which is on the north side of the park — told CNN, 'The river has never been higher'

Elizabeth Aluck, a resident of Gardiner, Montana — which is on the north side of the park — told CNN, ‘The river has never been higher’

Officials in Gallatin County, which is northwest of the park, said in a statement:

Officials in Gallatin County, which is northwest of the park, said in a statement: “This water moves very quickly, is very cold, has large amounts of debris and is extremely dangerous. Please stay away from the water!’

About 56 workers at the Stillwater mine in Nye, Montana, northeast of Yellowstone, were unable to leave due to a sinkhole that opened as a result of flooding in the Stillwater River

About 56 workers at the Stillwater mine in Nye, Montana, northeast of Yellowstone, were unable to leave due to a sinkhole that opened as a result of flooding in the Stillwater River

About 56 workers at the Stillwater mine in Nye, Montana, northeast of Yellowstone, were unable to leave due to a sinkhole that opened as a result of flooding in the Stillwater River.

The staff is safe and even shelters some campers stranded by the flooding, KTVQ reports.

Elizabeth Aluck, a resident of Gardiner, Montana, on the north side of the park, shared: CNN: “The river has never been so high in front of my house.” Aluck went on to say it was impossible for her to evacuate because of the flooding on the roads.

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly described Gardiner’s community as “isolated.” Sholly added, “We are working with the County and State of Montana to provide support to residents who are currently without water and power in some areas,” said the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

The original warning from Yellowstone officials came early Monday morning and applied only to the north entrance to the park. As of 10:45 a.m., between 0.75 and 1.75 centimeters of rain had fallen in the area, according to the National Water Service.

Later in the day it was extended through all entrances.

Visitors in the northern part of the park were evacuated Monday morning.

Officials in Gallatin County, which is northwest of the park, said in a statement: “This water moves very quickly, is very cold, has large amounts of debris and is extremely dangerous. Please stay away from the water!’

The Park County Sheriff’s Office described the weather system as creating “extraordinary runoff and flooding,” due in part to rain falling on snow in the park.

A flood warning in Fremont County in southeastern Idaho, 40 miles west of Yellowstone’s north entrance, remains in effect until Wednesday.

Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Richey said: Eastern Idaho News: “This is the worst flood we’ve had. We get this every few years but this is the worst we’ve had. Fremont County has set up sand and sandbags in the Shotgun Bar for those dealing with flooding in the area.”

Those planning to visit Yellowstone in the coming weeks are asked to check constantly is out of the way.

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