Yellowstone Shut Down After Extreme Damage From Flooding: Video

Yellowstone National Park was forced to temporarily shut down on Monday after heavy flooding created "extremely hazardous conditions" in several parts of the park.

"6/13/22 at 11:12 a.m. UPDATE: All entrances to Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions; Stay informed about road status and weather conditions," the Yellowstone National Park Twitter account wrote in a post.

In an earlier post, the Yellowstone National Park posted several pictures of the damage caused by the flooding, with one picture showing a road badly damaged while floodwaters can be seen rushing nearby. The post also noted that the flooding could cause rockslides.

The announcement that all park entrances will be closed came shortly after the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Yellowstone National Park and some surrounding areas.

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The Yellowstone National Park temporarily closed down on Monday, June 13, 2022, after extreme flooding caused hazardous conditions. Above, a sign at the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, courtesy of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, USA, circa 1965. Archive Photos/Getty

"Flooding caused by excessive rainfall will continue for the Gardiner River, the lower Yellowstone River, and the Lamar River in Wyoming," the National Weather Service said.

Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks.
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"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks."

Twitter user Douglas Scott shared another photo of the flooding seeing in the Yellowstone National Park. "A section of the Carbella Bridge in the Yellowstone River, ~35 miles downstream after it washed away this morning. The bridge, up until this morning, was the quick way into Tom Miner Basin, north of Yellowstone National Park," the tweet said.

A video of the flooding was posted to Twitter by Madison Atkinson of Montana Right Now.

"RIGHT NOW: The Yellowstone River in Emigrant, MT on the way to Yellowstone National Park," the tweet said.

Twitter user Angelia Fogarty also posted a similar video on Twitter with a caption that said, "Crazy sight here in Gardiner Montana #yellowstone #flooding."

According to a statement issued by the park, rainfall is expected to occur over the next few days and flood levels recently measured on the Yellowstone River broke record levels.

"Due to record flooding events in the park and more precipitation in the forecast, we have made the decision to close Yellowstone to all inbound visitation," Yellowstone National Park superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.

"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. The community of Gardiner is currently isolated, and we are working with the county and State of Montana to provide necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas."

Sholly continued, "We will not know timing of the park's reopening until flood waters subside and we're able to assess the damage throughout the park. It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time.

"I appreciate the efforts of the Yellowstone team and partners to safely evacuate areas of the park and of our gateway community partners who are helping us through this major event. We appreciate the support offered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service and the Montana and Wyoming governors."