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Yellowstone will remain closed amid record flooding as the landscape has ‘dramatically changed’

Yellowstone National Park officials assessed the damage on Tuesday as the park remained closed amid dangerous flooding, landslides and landslides that eroded roads, tore up bridges and forced evacuations this week . The water began to slowly recede on Tuesday, but record flooding left all five entrances to the park closed until at least Wednesday, and they could stay closed for up to a week, park superintendent Cam Sholly said. . The park has experienced multiple road and bridge failures and power outages, causing the evacuation of more than 10,000 visitors. Within days, heavy rains and rapid snowmelt caused a flood that could forever alter the human footprint on the park’s land and the communities around it. Historic floodwaters have diverted a popular fishing river – possibly permanently – and could require roads to be rebuilt in new locations. “The landscape, both literally and figuratively, has changed dramatically over the past 36 hours,” said Bill Berg, a commissioner for neighboring Park County.

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