On Sunday in Gardiner, Montana, a fellow tourist videotaped the moment an SUV was nearly hit by falling pebbles as it exited the park near the North Entrance station. The video was captured on the visitor’s camera.
At Yellowstone National Park, a rockslide came dangerously close to crushing an SUV that was driving away from catastrophic floods. A person in a vehicle that was parked nearby was able to record the terrifying event on camera.
The eight-second clip was recorded by Instagram user Anne Leppold, who was riding in the vehicle that was parked behind the SUV when the incident occurred.
A paved road can be seen in the background of the video as the SUV is seen moving through the mountains.
The SUV is surrounded by large pebbles that begin to fall from the sky. As the pebbles continue to fall through the conclusion of the clip, the driver of the vehicle reacts quickly by applying the brakes and coming to a stop.
In the caption on her photo, Leppold stated that the “riders appeared to be okay, thankfully.”
On Sunday, she uploaded the same video to Twitter and informed others that a rockslide had occurred at the North Entrance station of the Gardiner subway system.
On Tuesday, due to the hazardous conditions caused by the record rainfall the authorities decided to block all access to the park.
A news statement that was distributed by the park on Monday stated that the closures were initially anticipated to continue at least through the following Wednesday.
At this time, there have been no reports of any injuries or fatalities.
The superintendent of the park, Cam Sholly, issued a statement explaining why certain areas of the park were closed, citing “historic flooding events and additional precipitation in the forecast.”
Sholly stated that the evacuation of the northern area of the park, which is plagued with several road and bridge failures, mudslides, and other problems, has been the organization’s top concern.
The Yellowstone River in Corwin Springs, Montana, reached its highest recorded level since 1918 after experiencing a six-foot rise between Sunday and Monday, as reported by The Washington Post.
This is the greatest level that has been recorded at this location since 1918.
Gardiner, Montana, which has a population of approximately 900 people and is located outside of Yellowstone National Park’s northern gate, had its road access shut off as a result of the flooding, according to the Associated Press.
An additional press release was published by the park on Tuesday night, stating that the “Northern section” of the park will “remain closed for a lengthy length of time due to badly damaged, compromised infrastructure.”
In addition, it stated that “aerial surveys” revealed significant damage to various stretches of road close to the northern entry, including Montana and Gardiner, which was the location where the rockfall incident took place.
It also had an effect on Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, and Cooke City, Montana, which are all located close to the Northeast Entrance.
According to the park’s statement, “Many Sections of Road in These Areas are Completely Gone,” and the reconstruction of them will require “Substantial Time and Effort.”
The National Park Service will make every effort to repair these roads as soon as possible; however, it is likely that road sections in northern Yellowstone will not reopen this season due to the amount of time required for repairs.
The National Park Service will make every effort to repair these roads as soon as possible.
There are power outages reported in a number of different areas throughout the park.
Yellowstone National Area issued a statement urging overnight visitors to exit the park and also encouraged them to stay up to speed on any road and weather developments that may affect their future trips.
As of Tuesday evening, all of the entrances to the park were “temporarily closed” while the park awaited the receding of the flood waters.
“There will be no inbound visitor traffic at any of the five entries into the park, including people who have reservations for lodging or camping,” the park noted.
This policy will remain in effect until conditions improve and an evaluation of park infrastructure is conducted.