Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly issued a statement regarding catastrophic flooding along the Yellowstone River.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Videos and pictures of historic flooding were shared on social media on Monday morning. Sections of Highway 89 through the Paradise Valley and Yankee Jim Canyon are entirely underwater. Residents are currently without water and power in some areas.

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According to Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, efforts are being made to evacuate the northern section of the park where multiple road and bridge failures have been reported. YNP is evacuating all visitors through the South and West entrances.

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. The community of Gardiner is currently isolated, and we are working with the county and State of Montana to provide the necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas.

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are currently closed to inbound travel and are expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future. The timing of YNP’s reopening is unknown. Crews have to wait until flood waters subside to assess the damage caused by flooding throughout the park.

Conditions have been described as extremely hazardous, and residents are advised to stay away from raging rivers and streams. Flood levels measured on the Yellowstone River are beyond record levels, and heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the next several days. The northern loop of YNP is expected to be closed for a substantial amount of time.

At the request of local law enforcement, the Montana National Guard is providing two helicopters to assist in Search and Rescue efforts in Roscoe and Cooke City, Montana due to significant flooding in those areas.

Click here to see pictures and video of the historic flooding.

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