Yellowstone Closes After Record Rainfall Ravages Roads
Officials have closed Yellowstone until at least Wednesday
Yellowstone National Park officials announced Monday that all five entrances have temporarily closed to visitors — including those with lodging and camping reservations — after unprecedented amounts of rainfall created “extremely hazardous conditions.”
Photos and video the park uploaded to its Flickr account show brown water surging through entire sections of road that had been carved out after flooding, mudslides and rockslides. A combination of snowmelt and heavy rain caused river levels to surge. The Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs, Mont., rose 6 feet between Sunday and Monday to its highest level on record, several feet above the previous high mark from 1918.
With more rain forecast, the park is not expected to reopen until at least Wednesday.
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