Photos and video show extensive damage

Yellowstone National Park officials said on Tuesday they were still assessing damage to the park after massive flooding destroyed roads and washed away bridges on Monday, PA reports.

Driving the news: Yellowstone National Park experienced record flooding, landslides and dangerous conditions on Monday, prompting evacuation orders for nearby residents and efforts to rescue stranded visitors. The park will be closed until at least Wednesday.

Photos and video footage showed collapsed bridges, roads and houses following the record flooding.

  • A PA video showed a house falling into a river near Yellowstone Park. The massive house teeters at the side of the road and crashes into the rushing river, caused by heavy rains and melting snow.
  • The National Park Service highlighted its Flickr account to note “the seriousness of the situation”. Photos show destroyed guardrails and large chunks of pavement missing from the roads.
  • Yellowstone posted a video to Instagram which also includes aerial footage of destroyed roads and severed bridges.
  • Yellowstone did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

The context: The United States Geological Survey the Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs said Monday arrange has risen about 6 feet in the past 24 hours, which is above the National Weather Service flood stage. In fact, it reached an all-time high, more than 2 feet higher than its previous all-time flood record in 1918, according to the NWS.

  • The Montana National Guard cited reports of helicopters sent to Roscoe and Cooke City to evacuate 12 people due to flooding. It remains unclear how many visitors are stranded or have been forced to leave the park.
  • Yellowstone issued officials evacuation orders for everywhere upriver from Livingston in the northern part of the park and are always looking to help area residents.

Go further: ‘Unprecedented’ rainfall forces Yellowstone to close all entrances

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