Yellowstone CLOSED – Tourist Trapped, Devastating Flooding
Monday, June 13th 2022, All entrances to Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding and rockslides.
We've all been asking for more rain and snow to bring and end to the drought. At the same time we've been asking for it to come slowly, and ease us back up.
Well, Mother Nature has different plans.
There has been a lot of snow this past winter and into the spring of 2022. As we get into summer all of that white fluff way up there has been melting and coming down, a little too fast for the Yellowstone river.
The gentleman in the video above shows what has been effected and what has been closed.
Roads washed out and tourist who had been going for a nice drive through the park have no idea how they are going to get out of there.
There have not been any reports of anyone hurt, as of yet.
Statement from superintendent Cam Sholly about all entrances in Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions:
“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," said superintendent Cam Sholly.
"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.
Video Shows Family Rescued From Yellowstone Flooding.
"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."
"Due to predictions of higher flood levels in areas of the park’s southern loop, in addition to concerns with water and wastewater systems, we will begin to move visitors in the southern loop out of the park later today in coordination with our in-park business partners."
"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 the Interior, National Park Service and the Montana and Wyoming governors."
Video Shows Tourist Trapped In Yellowstone As River Floods
Below is some drone video of homes that have been ripped through by flood waters.
Some homes have been completely washed away.
One large building where park employees live has been taken by the river.
The next video will give you a real good idea of just how powerful these waters are.
An entire suspension bridge is pulled from it's foundation over the river and is sucked downstream.
It happens so fast. The river treats the bridge like it's a toy.
The video then goes on to show what are usually little creeks swelling to the size of rivers and wreaking havoc.
More rain and snow is expected to come to the park over the next couple of days. Normally that would be good news.
As we find more videos and photos we will post them for you.