Home swept away as Yellowstone National Park is hit by major floods and mudslides
As summer tourist season ramps up, record-breaking floods in Yellowstone National Park and dangerous mudslides have swept away homes, ripped apart bridges and forced evacuations of surrounding communities isolated without power.
On Tuesday, a video showed a home in Gardiner, Montana, collapsing into the murky waters of Yellowstone River.
Yellowstone River reached highs not seen in our lifetimes, at almost 14 feet on Monday. The previous record of 11.5 feet occurred more than a century ago, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 3,500 square miles in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It sits atop a volcanic hot spot with about half the world’s active geysers.
Nearby Park County said water and air rescues were underway Monday and issued shelter-in-place orders.
Climate change is responsible for more intense and frequent weather events, scientists have said.
Rainfall is expected for the next several days and all five entrances to the park were closed, officials said Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
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