Montana’s Historic Flooding Shows No Signs of Slowing…Yellowstone Closed ‘Indefinitely’

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park were shut after severe flooding damaged roads and caused rockslides. In Montana’s Park County, extensive flooding washed out bridges, roads and left communities and homes isolated, according to county officials. Photo: National Park Service/Associated Press

The floods wreaking havoc in Montana showed no signs of slowing on Thursday after rivers across the state overflowed because of heavy rain in the past week.

Since Friday, Montana has been thrashed by a combination of unseasonable events, including heavy rain and later-than-normal snowmelt. The rain was driven by an atmospheric river, which is a ribbon of moisture that sweeps through the air and unleashes heavy rain when it cools.

Because of the rain, multiple rivers overflowed, destroying infrastructure and threatening the state’s critical summer tourism season.

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SOURCE: Wall Street Journal, Alyssa Lukpat

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