Yellowstone National Park Closed Due to Flooding
“The Yellowstone River, which runs through the park and several Park County cities, swelled to a record high Monday due to recent heavy rainfall and significant runoff from melting snow in higher elevations, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.
The Yellowstone River gauge at Corwin Springs, Montana, reached 13.88 feet Monday afternoon, surpassing the historical high crest of 11.5 feet from 1918, NOAA river gauge data shows. “The river is still rising near Livingston, and it is expected to crest between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday,” Park County officials said on Facebook.
Across the nation in recent days, extreme weather events have battered communities, including thunderstorms that left nearly 300,000 customers without power in the Midwest, a tornado threat in Chicago, and a severe heat dome which has left more than a third of the US population under heat alerts.” CNN, June 14, 2022
Further Montana flood updates are available at https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-states-mt
While flood warnings and heavy rains have also been experienced in Washington and Oregon this week, drought conditions remain serious throughout the region and a difficult fire season is expected all up and down the western seaboard.