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News for August 14, 2022

Yellowstone National Park Partially Reopening This Wednesday


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Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) officials have announced plans to reopen a portion of the historic site on Wednesday following the devastating floods that prompted the evacuation of more than 10,000 people.

As per a report, visitors will be allowed to access the south loop at 8 a.m. However, the flood damage is likely to keep the loop from being closed for a “substantial length of time,” the National Park Service said in an announcement.

Unprecedented rain that began on June 12 resulted in rockslides, mudslides, and massive flooding across the first national park in the world, which inflicted damage that could take years and more than $1 billion to repair.

National Park Service officials are working on an interim plan for visitor access called the Alternating License Plate System to welcome people back to parts of the south loop.

Park-goers will be able to access Old Faithful, West Thumb, and other areas, but some areas on the south loop, such as the Norris and Lewis Lake campgrounds, remain off-limits.

As per a press release, vehicles can enter the park starting Wednesday based on whether the last number on their license plate is odd or even.

“Odd-numbered last digits on license plates can enter on odd days of the month; even-numbered last digits, including zero, on license plates can enter on even days of the month,” the release read.

Park officials have announced exceptions to the rules, including entrance regardless of license plate number for commercial tours and visitors with proof of overnight reservations at hotels, campgrounds, or in the backcountry, according to the National Park Service.

The license plate system is designed to manage the high demand from people who wish to visit the park while also ensuring that the south loop isn’t overwhelmed by people.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, in a statement, said that it’s “impossible” to reopen only one loop of the park in the summer without enforcing the use of a visitation system.

“As we go through the reopening process, we will monitor the system’s effectiveness and work together to make adjustments that may be necessary,” Sholly said. “We will also reopen new sections of the park as repairs continue to be made.”

For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm.

This story originally appeared on USA Today


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