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Yellowstone closes due to flooding   General Travel Discussion

Started Jun-14 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 167 views.

Yellowstone National Park closes its entrances due to rockslides, flooding from 'unprecedented' rain

All Yellowstone National Park entrances have been closed in the wake of "unprecedented" rainfall causing "substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways," the National Park Service announced Monday.

Some roads have been washed out and others are covered in mud or rocks, according to the park service. Power has also been knocked out in multiple parts of the park, officials said.

More rain is in the forecast for the next few days, according to park officials, who said they don't want anyone to get stranded.

The park service didn't say when Yellowstone would reopen but noted that officials need time to assess the damage and wait for conditions to stabilize. The park service warned that many roads could be shuttered "for an extended period of time."

"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," Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement. "It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time."

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/yellowstone-national-park-closes-entrances-due-rockslides-flooding/story?id=85364726&cid=social_twitter_abcn

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Yellowstone National Park to partly reopen after floods

Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out tourists

Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists.

The Park Service announced Saturday that visitors will once again be allowed on the park’s southern loop under a temporary license plate system designed to manage the crowds: Those with even-numbered plates and motorcycle groups will be allowed on even-numbered days, and those with odd-numbered or vanity plates on odd-numbered days.

Commercial tours and visitors with proof of overnight reservations at hotels, campgrounds or in the backcountry will be allowed in whatever their plate number.

Visitors had been flocking to Yellowstone during its 150th anniversary celebration. The southern loop provides access to Old Faithful, the rainbow-colored Grand Prismatic Spring, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its majestic waterfall. It can be accessed from the park's south, east and west entrances.

“It is impossible to reopen only one loop in the summer without implementing some type of system to manage visitation,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a news release. “My thanks to our gateway partners and others for helping us work out an acceptable temporary solution for the south loop while we continue our efforts to reopen the north loop.”

The north loop is expected to remain closed through the summer, if not longer. Officials say it could take it could take years and cost more than $1 billion to repair the damage in the environmentally sensitive landscape.

https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/yellowstone-national-park-partly-reopen-floods-85488639

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