Yellowstone National Park reopens entrance devastated by June floods: NPR
Yellowstone National Park reopened an entrance to one of the areas most severely damaged by historic flooding four months ago.
The park began allowing regular visitor vehicle traffic along the northeast entrance road beginning Saturday for the first time since the gate was closed in June in response to inclement weather.
“We are very pleased to be restoring public access to the Northeast Corridor just four months after the June flood,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said. said in a press release.
“I salute 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 time,” Sholly added.
Yellowstone experienced record flooding during a storm in June that caused rivers to swell to “unprecedented” levels, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm left visitors and residents stranded, damaged buildings and swept away several roads, cutting off access to some areas of the park, which is mostly in Wyoming but also includes parts of Montana and Idaho.
With the northeast entrance road now accessible, park officials said this will effectively reopen 99% of Yellowstone’s roads.
Crews continue to pave and install guardrails along the four-mile-long Old Gardiner Road, which is expected to reopen no later than November 1.