For many, the ultimate American road trip will always pass through our National Park system, and more than likely the park chosen would be Yellowstone.
The magnificent views and vistas of this western oasis have inspired Americans of all shapes and sizes and statures for decades on end. Yellowstone is a treasure, surely, and our nation would be far worse off without her.
This week, however, the bucolic views turned barbaric, as incredible deluges of rain forced authorities to do the unthinkable.
Yellowstone National Park will remain closed to visitors through at least Wednesday due to dangerous flooding conditions, which have prompted park evacuations and left some in surrounding communities trapped without safe drinking water, officials say.
The park announced Monday afternoon that all park entrances were closed to visitors, citing “record flooding events” and a forecast of more rain to come.Trending:
“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,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement Monday.
Images of the damage were circulating on social media.
— CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2022
(Not my video) The bridge across the Yellowstone River just north of Yellowstone National Park at Carbella, near Tom Miner Basin. An hour or so ago. Kudos to whoever captured this. The rivers are crazy in SW MT right now! pic.twitter.com/DlbqYkI391
— Mr. Hill Bear 🏔🐻 (Pfizer Gang) (@MichaelJHilbert) June 13, 2022
Current conditions of Yellowstone’s North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
— Yellowstone National Park (@YellowstoneNPS) June 13, 2022
The floods have trapped locals in and around the park, and some casualties are already being reported.