Joshua Wolfson and Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune
All entrances to Yellowstone National Park closed Monday due to flooding and other “extremely hazardous conditions,” the National Park Service announced.
No visitors will be allowed into Yellowstone until conditions stabilize. As of Monday afternoon, the closure was set to run through Wednesday at minimum.
“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,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement. “It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time.”
The swollen Rescue Creek flows over a washed-out bridge in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park
The park recorded 1.75 inches of rain at the north side of Lake Yellowstone as of 9 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service, including 1.37 inches in 24-hours — more than triple the previous single-day record. The far northern part of the park received an estimated 2-3 inches of rain.
Gage height on the Lamar River peaked at 16.7 feet early Monday, shattering the record