Tourists stranded inside, outside Yellowstone amid record floods

Megan Hawks can’t get into Yellowstone.

Hawks and her family were en route to the national park when record rainfall and flooding over the weekend forced officials to close all of its five entrances Monday.

They’re among an unknown number of people hastily trying to figure out next steps amid upended travel plans.

The family was supposed to stay in Gardiner, Montana, for two nights. Now, the plan is to stay in Jackson on Monday night, and head to Island Park, Idaho, on Tuesday.

They’re safe, but Hawks is worried about getting their hotel costs refunded.

“As you know things are so expensive,” she wrote in a Facebook message.

No visitors will be allowed into Yellowstone until conditions stabilize. As of Monday afternoon, the closure was set to end no sooner than Thursday.

“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.”

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