On Monday, the Yellowstone National Park witnessed ravaging floodwater that washed out roads and bridges, cut off electricity, and forced visitors to evacuate parts of the iconic park.
Although no injuries were reported as of Monday night, all entrances to the park were closed due to heavy rains and melting snowpack. To avoid casualties, park officials ushered tourists out of the most affected areas. Dozens of stranded campers also had to be rescued by raft in south-central Montana.
As per reports, some of the worst damage happened in the northern part of the park and Yellowstone’s gateway communities in southern Montana. National Park Service photos of northern Yellowstone showed a landslide, a bridge washed out over a creek, and roads badly undercut by churning floodwaters of the Gardner and Lamar rivers.
Meanwhile, the floodwaters cut off road access to Gardiner, Montana, a town of about 900 people and the power went off as well.
In response to the flooding, the park’s gates will be closed at least through Wednesday, officials said. It is unclear how many visitors have been forced to leave the park.