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Yellowstone National Park shuts down all entrances amid heavy flooding conditions

On Monday, Yellowstone National Park closed all entrances into the park amid heavy flooding conditions which caused rockslides, mudslides on roadways, and power outages in multiple areas of the park. The National Park Service (“NPS “) said in a statement: “Effective immediately, no inbound visitor traffic will be allowed into the park until conditions stabilize and the park can assess damage to roads and bridges and other facilities. This includes visitors with lodging and camping reservations.” In a statement earlier Monday morning, the NPS said visitors currently in the northern portion of the park were being evacuated.

Yellowstone National Park said in a Facebook post: “Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily CLOSED due to substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways from recent unprecedented amounts of rainfall and flooding. No inbound traffic is allowed “until the conditions stabilize and the park can assess damage to roads and bridges. The North, Northeast, West, South and East entrances are all closed.”

The NPS added that due to heavy rainfall expected over the next several days, roads may be closed “for an extended period of time,” and those who plan to visit the park “in the upcoming weeks should pay close attention to the status of road conditions.   Multiple sections of roads throughout the park have been washed out between Gardiner and Cooke City, Montana, and multiple bridges may be affected. Multiple roads in the southern portion of the park are also on the verge of being flooded, further restricting access.”

Editorial credit: Kelly vanDellen / Shutterstock.com

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