Yellow fields in foreground with a towering mountain in background

“This is flooding that we’ve just never seen in our lifetimes before.”

Cory Mottice, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Billings, Montana, referring to the historic flooding that has caused Yellowstone National Park to close for the first time since 1988.

Published on

jun 14, 2022

  • Why It Matters: An influx of rain and melting snow led to "record flooding" in Montana, causing Yellowstone National Park to close for the first time in 34 years.
  • There have been "no immediate reports of injuries," but many homes and structures have been destroyed in the towns surrounding Yellowstone (AP). An re-opening date for the park is still to be determined.
  • Its impact on the area: A shelter-in-place order has been issued for Park County (north of Yellowstone): "Extensive flooding throughout Park County has washed out bridges, roads, and left communities and homes isolated. It has also made drinking water unsafe in many areas."
  • Something to consider: Yellowstone is the world's first national park and covers over 2 million acres. The park had a record-breaking 1,500,000+ visitors in June 2021 and has been anticipating even more visitors this summer as it celebrates the 150th anniversary.

Yellowstone officials assess damage after historic floods (Associated Press)

Yellowstone closed for first time in 34 years amid flooding, mudslides (Reuters)

A video of the flooding conditions, provided by the National Park Service (Twitter)

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