- Due to heavy rain and flooding, Yellowstone National Park in the United States is closed to all visitors until further notice.
- Heavy rain triggered mudslides and washed away roads and bridges. Some communities had to be evacuated.
- There were no reports of injuries so far.
Some of the worst damage occurred in the northern part of the park and in the Yellowstone communities of southern Montana. Small towns were cut off in the aftermath of the storm and had to be evacuated by boat and helicopter.
The Yellowstone Park Department on Monday spoke of “record flooding” that could have washed away roads and bridges. It also warned of falling rocks, mudslides and “extremely dangerous conditions” in the park. Many people were taken to safety and the entrances were closed.
The park will be closed until Wednesday
“We will only know when the park will reopen when the floods recede and we can assess the damage throughout the park,” the park operator said. The park will definitely remain closed until at least Wednesday. Yellowstone National Park is located almost entirely in Wyoming, but extends as far as Idaho and Montana.
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