Unprecedented levels of rainfall and flooding forced closure of all entrances to Yellowstone National Park

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A burst of heavy rains prompted special measures at the Yellowstone national park at the start of the summer tourist season. The park service characterized the levels of rainfall and flooding sweeping the park as unprecedented.”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,” the administration of the park announced Monday. Multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues were enumerated. No inbound traffic is allowed, at least on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Yellowstone River reached record-high levels Monday in the Montana towns of Corwin Springs and Livingston. Higher flood levels were anticipated so the visitors were evacuated. Numerous sections of roads throughout Yellowstone either washed away or covered in rocks and mud, with a number of bridges also damaged.

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Power outages occurred in several areas of the park. The park’s reopening will be determined after flood waters recede and damage is assessed. Usually, 780,000 people typically visit the park in June. Travelers with plans to visit Yellowstone National Park in the coming weeks are advised to monitor road conditions. Mammoth, Osprey Falls, Indian Creek Campground and Lava Creek Campgrounds, all located in the park, are locations expected to experience floods, the weather service said. Gardiner, Montana, a town just north of the park that is currently isolated by the dangerous conditions due to a mudslide in the vicinity.