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Yellowstone Reopens Entrance Heavily Damaged by June Flooding

Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) has reopened an entrance in one of the most heavily damaged areas by the historic flooding last June. 

According to a report, the park started allowing regular vehicle traffic from visitors along the Northeast Entrance Road for the first time since closing gates in June as a response to the severe weather.

“We are very pleased to be restoring public access to the northeast corridor just four months after the June flood event,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.

“I commend the collective efforts of the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and Oftedal Construction, Inc. to complete this monumental task in such a short amount of time,” Sholly added.

According to the National Weather Service, Yellowstone witnessed record-breaking flooding during a storm that caused rivers to rise into “unprecedented” levels.

The storm left residents and visitors in a bind, damaged buildings, and washed out roads, preventing access to some parts of the park, mostly located in Wyoming but also covers portions in Montana and Idaho.

As the Northeast Entrance Road becomes accessible, park officials said it would reopen 99% of Yellowstone’s roads.

The crews are working to pave and put in guardrails along the four-mile-long Old Gardiner Road, which is scheduled to reopen no later than November 1. 

This story originally appeared on NPR. Featured image from NPS.

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March 21, 2024 11:58 pm

Isn’t it intriguing how the team effort reopened the Northeast Entrance Road? It’s like a puzzle coming together! I love how this shows a dedication to preserving Yellowstone’s beauty. Now, visitors can soak in the scenery on this revitalized route, reflecting the park’s resilient and conservation-minded spirit.


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