Good news for local tourism in Wyoming and the surrounding area as Yellowstone continues its partial reopening after unprecedented flooding. Climate change cannot stop this determined destiny.
Yellowstone National Park is set to partially reopen on Wednesday after record flooding and landslides following a torrential downpour that led to the park being closed for the first time in 34 years.
The entire park, which spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, has been closed to visitors since Monday, including those with lodging and camping reservations, as officials inspected damage to roads, bridges and other facilities.
The shutdown came as Yellowstone geared up to celebrate its 150th anniversary year, and as local communities heavily dependent on tourism have been counting on a recovery from travel restrictions from COVID-19 over the past two summers.
“While the park’s northern loop will remain closed until further notice due to flood damage, Yellowstone will allow visitors access to the park’s southern loop at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022,” the National Park Service said late Saturday.
“To ensure that the southern loop is not overrun with visitors and to balance the protection of the park’s resources and the economic interests of the surrounding communities, the park is preparing a preliminary visitor access plan,” the statement added. federal agency to it.
All five entrances to the park were closed to incoming traffic on Monday for the first time since a series of devastating bushfires in 1988.
The southern loop includes the Old Faithful Geyser and Yellowstone Lake and is accessed through the southern, eastern, and western entrances to the park. Some parts remain closed.
The flooding and slides that led to the park’s closure were caused by days of torrential rain in the park and sustained rainfall over much of the wider Intermountain West after one of the region’s wettest springs in many years.
The park service characterized the rainfall and flooding that engulfed the park as unprecedented, with the Yellowstone River reaching its banks above record levels.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; editing by Frank Jack Daniel)
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