Yellowstone National Park closes gates after ‘unprecedented’ rain

A bridge on Rescue Creek in Yellowstone National Park is shown washed away in this photo provided by the National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park closed all entrances indefinitely and began evacuating some visitors Monday after heavy rains triggered flooding and rock slides that swept away roads and at least one bridge.

Visitors in the northern part of the park were being evacuated due to “extremely dangerous conditions” following “unprecedented” rainfall, according to a news release.

“Effective immediately, there will be no incoming visitor traffic at any of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15, at a minimum,” the statement said.

There was also a power outage throughout the park, as well as in the nearby town of Gardiner, Montana.

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