All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily closed due to ‘extremely hazardous conditions’

(CNN) — Yellowstone National Park announced on Monday that all entrances to the park are temporarily closed due to “extremely hazardous conditions” caused by “unprecedented” rainfall and flooding.

“Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily CLOSED due to substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways from recent unprecedented amounts of rainfall and flooding,” the park said in a Facebook post.

No inbound traffic is allowed “until the conditions stabilize and the park can assess damage to roads and bridges,” the post added. The North, Northeast, West, South and East entrances are all closed.

Multiple portions of the park are also experiencing power outages, according to the park’s Facebook post.

“With additional rainfall forecasted, the park does not want large numbers of day-use visitors stranded in the park,” the post said.

Earlier on Monday, the park said in a news release that roads in the northern portion of the park would be temporarily closed for “an extended period of time” before posting the wider closure.

“Preliminary assessments show multiple sections of road in the park have been washed out between Gardiner and Cooke City, Montana, and multiple bridges may be affected,” the release said, adding that visitors in that northern portion are being evacuated.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning for the park on Monday and advised campers and hikers to avoid streams and creeks. The flooding “caused by rain and snowmelt is expected along the Gardiner River,” according to the NWS.

Mammoth, Osprey Falls, Indian Creek Campground and Lava Creek Campgrounds, all located in the park, are locations that will experience floods, the NWS said.

Top image: High water levels in the Gardner River alongside the North Entrance Road in Yellowstone National Park.

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