Heavy flooding devastated Yellowstone National Park and nearby communities on June 13, 2022, washing out roads and bridges, and cutting off electricity. The park officials evacuated tourists from parts of the iconic park at the peak of the summer tourist season.
Severe flooding due to unprecedented heavy precipitation on top of wet snow with warmer weather triggered Mudslides, debris flow, rockslides, and rockfalls. The roads and bridges were washed away, and houses were destroyed across the Yellowstone. The river is wreaking havoc all over the Yellowstone national park and undercuts the riverbanks. The high-water level is reported and extremely hazardous conditions near Gardiner, Montana, U.S. The entrance to a national park is closed for the first time in 34 years. Over 10,000 people have safely left the park since officials announced they would close all entrances to incoming visitors Monday. The reported strong wind and snow in the higher terrains will worsen the flood conditions even more. There were reports of damages to several houses, cars (by rockfall), and multiple road and bridge failures. A large rockslide on North Entrance Road in Gardner Canyon of Yellowstone National Park, Montana on Monday is also reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The flooding had made drinking water unsafe to drink in the whole region.
Caught this while exiting Yellowstone through the North Entrance station at Gardiner Sunday afternoon (The people in the car in front seemed okay) #yellowstone #Flooding #BeSafeOutThere pic.twitter.com/ht58fQ8d0T
— Anne Leppold (@AnneLeppold) June 14, 2022
Current conditions of Yellowstone’s North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
We will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available. More info: https://t.co/mymnqGvcVB pic.twitter.com/S5ysi4wf8a
— Yellowstone National Park (@YellowstoneNPS) June 13, 2022
According to the National Weather Service, the Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs crested at 13.88 feet Monday, higher than the previous record of 11.5 feet set in 1918, On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Yellowstone recorded 2.5 inches (6 cm) of rain, and the Beartooth Mountains northeast of Yellowstone reached 4 inches (10 cm).