The floods hit after recent “unprecedented rainfall,” park officials said on Facebook.
“Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern portion of the park where we have multiple road and bridge outages, mudslides and other issues,” Sholly said in a statement.
The community of Gardiner, Montana, just north of the park, has been isolated because roads into and out of town are impassable, officials said. Electricity is cut in some areas of the park.
“Due to forecasts of higher flood levels in the South Loop areas of the park, in addition to concerns about water and wastewater systems, we will begin moving South Loop visitors out of the park. park later today,” Sholly said.
Officials won’t be able to say when the park might reopen until the floodwaters subside and they can assess the damage, he said.
“It’s likely the North Loop will be closed for a long time,” he said.
The park has seen record flooding, officials said.
Scientists say that without careful study they cannot directly link a single weather event to climate change, but climate change is responsible for more intense and frequent extreme events such as storms, droughts, floods and storms. forest fires.
Recent heavy rains and spring runoff have also caused flooding in southern Montana, with water pouring down the streets of Red Lodge on Monday. Evacuation orders have been issued in Carbon County, the Office of Emergency Management said.
Montana faced flooding while elsewhere in the West wildfires burned in hot, dry and windy weather.
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