Yellowstone National Park south loop to reopen Wednesday, but only some visitors will be allowed in each day

The park – which spans parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho – and many surrounding towns have been inundated with record rainfall and flooding since last weekend, prompting authorities to shut down all Yellowstone entrances.

The Yellowstone River flood is a 1 in 500 year event, according to the US Geological Survey

“At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, Yellowstone National Park will begin allowing visitors access to the South Loop of the park,” the park said in a statement. “The South Loop is accessible from the East (Cody), West (West Yellowstone), and South (Grand Teton/Jackson). Accessible areas include Madison, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village, and Norris .”

To ensure that the South Loop is not overwhelmed with visitors, the park has announced that it will use an alternating license plate system:

  • Vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number can visit on odd days of the month
  • Vehicles with license plates ending in an even number, including zero, can enter on even days of the month.

While the North Loop is closed, “park staff have engaged more than 1,000 business owners, park partners, commercial operators and residents of surrounding gateway communities to determine how to handle summer visitation,” officials said. Yellowstone officials.

The North Entrance Road is washed away by flooding in Yellowstone National Park on June 15.
Visitors should monitor Yellowstone’s website and social media for more updates, the park said.
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Over a three-day period last week, Yellowstone National Park received about two to three times the usual rainfall for the entire month of June.

And precipitation this month has already been above 400% of average in northwest Wyoming and southern Montana, according to the National Weather Service.

At one point, the Yellowstone River reached its highest level in more than 100 years, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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