Parts of Yellowstone could remain closed for ‘substantial length’ after flooding

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Yellowstone National Park said Tuesday its northern portion could remain closed for a “substantial time” after historic flooding washed out roads and damaged property.

He urged visitors to the park — which straddles three states — in the coming weeks to stay informed of road and weather conditions.

Known damage to the park includes the north entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs in Gardiner, Montana, mudslides downed trees from Tower Junction to the northeast entrance and impacted Tower-Roosevelt Road at Canyon Junction and a road from Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge was “potentially compromised.”

Power continued to be out at several locations in the park, and water and wastewater systems at Canyon Village and Mammoth Hot Springs are impacted by flood conditions and are being monitored.

MAJOR YELLOWSTONE FLOODS LEAD TO SWISSING BRIDGE AND ELIMINATED ROADS

The National Park Service wrote that many stretches of road are “completely gone” and may not reopen this season, and all entrances remain temporarily closed.

At least 200 homes were flooded in Red Lodge, Montana, and the town of Fromberg, according to Carbon County officials.

The flood comes after heavy rains and rapid snowmelt, pushing the Yellowstone, Stillwater and Clarks Fork rivers to record highs.

“I’ve heard it’s a 1,000 year event, whatever that means these days. They seem to be happening more and more frequently,” Superintendent Cam Sholly told the Associated Press.

WOMAN DROWNS AFTER FALLING INTO COLORADO RIVER

Water levels were expected to drop Tuesday afternoon, although further flooding was “possible” throughout the weekend.

Although there were no known injuries or deaths from the “unprecedented” flooding, more than 10,000 visitors have been ordered to evacuate the country’s oldest national park.

The Montana National Guard said on Monday it sent two helicopters to help with evacuations.

The only visitors left in the park were a dozen campers leaving the backcountry.

People left a hospital and low areas in Livingston.

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The floods come at the height of the tourist season, with more than 4 million visitors counted by the park last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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