Yesterday, Yellowstone National Park officials were forced to evacuate visitors from Yellowstone National Park,and had to shut down all five entrances due to torrential downpours that have caused devastating flooding across the park.
The flooding has resulted in washed out roads, bridges, cabins, and caused mud slides from melting ice packs that are dangerous to anybody staying on the 3,471 square miles of the park.
With that being said, CBS News obtained video footage from Yellowstone of a cabin being completely swept away, and washed down a river that sat right beside where the cabin originally stood.
The cabin appears to be employee housing for Yellowstone National Park workers.
The video puts the whole situation into perspective of just how bad this flooding is, and it looks like it may be a hot minute before the park will be able to reopen to visitors due to the substantial repairs and cleanup it will take to get back on track.
Also, we have to keep in mind the damage this kind of flooding is doing to the homes of the wildlife at Yellowstone, and we can only hope that officials will be able to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.
Superintendent Cam Sholly also said the park may stay closed for quite a while with more rain in the forecast:
“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 necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas.
Due to predictions of higher flood levels in areas of the park’s southern loop, in addition to concerns with water and wastewater systems, we will begin to move visitors in the southern loop out of the park later today in coordination with our in-park business partners.
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. It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time.
I appreciate the efforts of the Yellowstone team and partners to safely evacuate areas of the park and of our gateway community partners who are helping us through this major event.
We appreciate the support offered by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the Montana and Wyoming governors.”
The videos (recorded from helicopters) coming out of Yellowstone right now are pretty intense. Floods, mudslides, impassable roads and bridges
Bear Chases Elk Around Yellowstone’s Thermal Pools
If Yellowstone isn’t on the bucket list, put it on there ASAP.
The place is absolutely incredible.
Between the stunning natural beauty and the up close encounters with wildlife, you’re guaranteed to see something amazing.
For these parkgoers, they got a front row seat to herd of elk while touring the thermal pools. But it wasn’t just a rambunctious herd of elk, they were running for their lives.
With a bear hot on the tail, these elk do everything they can to evade the bear, while also avoiding the scalding hot springs.
If footage like this doesn’t convince you to check it out, nothing will.