The flooding, which began earlier this week, caused “extremely hazardous” conditions throughout the 3,472-square-mile park, which spans Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The flooding was spurred by heavy rain and snowmelt.
June 16 (News) — Satellite images released Thursday have revealed the extent of damage caused by recent flooding in Yellowstone National Park.
The National Park Service said most of the damage occurred in the northern portion of the park, which “is likely to remain closed for a significant amount of time.”
The floodwaters have washed out several sections of the road leading to the park’s northern entrance, according to satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies on Wednesday. The raging water also caused several buildings to collapse into the Yellowstone River, CNBC reported.
CNN reported that the water was so intense it changed the course of the Gardner River along Highway 89.
In an update Thursday, NPS director Chuck Sams said there were no reported flood-related injuries among park visitors or employees.
“Yellowstone is a region shaped by the powerful natural forces of our planet. This is what makes them so spectacular and unique in the world. This week’s flooding is a reminder that we humans are just a small part of this ecosystem,” he said.
The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office said crews were out making repairs, clearing debris from bridges and clearing mud and gravel from roads.