Flooding in Yellowstone area wipes out bridges, houses, and roads

Yellowstone National Park is closed through at least Wednesday after dangerous flooding conditions swept through the area, leaving a number of of tourists and residents stranded.

The park announced Monday afternoon that all entrances were closed to visitors thanks to "record flooding events" and a less-than-ideal forecast. Rivers in the area have swelled to unprecedented levels, per the National Weather Service, and officials are still working through park evacuations.

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There have been no injuries or deaths yet reported, though Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) on Tuesday declared a "statewide disaster" to "help impacted communities get back on their feet as soon as possible."

After the pandemic, businesses in the area were hoping for a profitable summer, NPR writes.

"I think at this point we're just trying to take it hour by hour," said Rebecca Demery, who co-owns the only grocery store in the nearby town of Gardiner. "[T]here's nothing really that any of us can do to change it. But it's going to be a very different year than expected I think."

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