Photos and satellite images show massive flood damage in Yellowstone National Park, forcing 10,000 visitors to evacuate.

A house stands in Rock Creek after floodwaters washed away a road and bridge in Red Lodge, Montana, June 15, 2022.Photo by David Goldman/AP

  • Floods hit Yellowstone National Park this week, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 visitors.

  • Photos and satellite images show destroyed houses, pulverized roads and destroyed bridges.

  • The park is closed and damaged roads may need to be rerouted.

Yellowstone National Park, famous for its geysers and wide open spaces, was closed for the first time in 34 years this week as floods inundated its roads.

The first US national park, located in Montana and Wyoming, is facing severe infrastructure damage after heavy rains and melting snow caused the Yellowstone River and its tributaries to swell.

Flooding forced the National Park Service to completely evacuate Yellowstone, pushing 10,000 people out of desert, campgrounds and settlements across the park, which is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

“It’s just the scariest river ever,” Kate Gomez, a tourist who was visiting from Santa Fe, New Mexico, told The Associated Press, adding, “Anything that falls into that river is gone.”

There were no known injuries or deaths as of Tuesday, according to a park release. The entire park is temporarily closed.

“Rain rates have never been higher,” Marc Chenard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, told Insider. “It was more of an extended period of constant rain, and then you combine that with the snow melt, and you have these pretty significant elevations in the river.”

Satellite images give a bird’s eye view of the damage. The image below shows a road along the Gardiner River just south of the park’s north entrance just a few weeks ago.

Satellite image shows mountain road running alongside blue river in yellowstone

A road south of the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, captured on May 30, 2022.Satellite Image (c)2022 Maxar Technologies

Another image, captured on Wednesday, shows stretches of this road completely washed away.

Satellite image shows mountain road with large collapsed sections along gray brown river

The same road, flooded, on June 15, 2022.Satellite Image (c)2022 Maxar Technologies

The National Park Service shared the below helicopter video of the river flooding on Monday.

Yellowstone’s northern regions will likely remain closed for the rest of the season, according to the park’s statement.

log branches piled up in the raging river where the bridge used to be

A bridge washed away from flooding at Rescue Creek in Yellowstone National Park on June 13, 2022.National Park Service via AP

Southern regions may reopen as early as Monday as they have not been as impacted by the floods, according to local newspaper The Casper Star-Tribune.

“Many road sections in these areas have completely disappeared,” the statement said. “It is likely that sections of the road north of Yellowstone will not reopen this season due to the time needed for repairs.”

yellowstone road with section washed up on raging river

Yellowstone’s northeast entrance road was washed away, near the Soda Butte picnic area, on June 13, 2022.NPS

More satellite images reveal a washed-out bridge over the Yellowstone River, swollen and churning. Here’s that bridge before the flood.

blue satellite image yellow river below road bridge

The Yellowstone River, south of Carbella, Montana, on September 6, 2021.Satellite Image (c)2022 Maxar Technologies

And here’s what it looked like on Wednesday.

satellite image white gray brown swollen Yellowstone river with missing road bridge

Same location, with a section of Tim Miner Creek Road washed away, on June 15, 2022.Satellite Image (c)2022 Maxar Technologies

Some nearby towns were without power on Tuesday, the park’s statement said.

people with truck and shovel collect water mud debris from a city street

Residents of Red Lodge, Montana, clear mud, water and debris from small town Main Street on June 14, 2022.Photo by Matthew Brown/AP

Several houses were washed away by the rivers.

lonely building stands beside the river that rose to swallow a road

A road ends where floodwaters washed away a home in Gardiner, Montana, on June 16, 2022.Photo by David Goldman/AP

“Yesterday I was in shock. Today I’m just intensely sad,” Shelley Blazina, owner of a cabin that was swept away by floodwaters, told the AP.

Debris floats in the flood waters

Floodwaters flooded the property along the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River near Bridger, Montana on June 13, 2022.Emma H. ​​Tobin/AP Photo

By Thursday, floodwaters had moved downriver to Billings, Montana, and forced the city to close its water treatment plant.

flooding, breaking the passage to the power plant building

Flooding at the Billings Water Plant, Montana, on June 15, 2022.Billing city via AP

“None of us planned for a 500-year-old flood event at Yellowstone when we designed these facilities,” Debi Meling, the city’s director of public works, told the AP.

three women play clothes in plastic boxes outside

A family cleans up damaged clothing from their flooded home in Red Lodge, Montana, June 15, 2022.Photo by David Goldman/AP

Meteorologists expect more rain in Yellowstone on Saturday or Sunday, and the National Park Service said there could be even more flooding.

fallen train tracks bridge in yellowstone river

A collapsed train bridge is shown along the Yellowstone River near Livingston, Montana, June 15, 2022.Photo by Rick Bowmer/AP

Connecting any single weather event to climate change requires additional research. Globally, though, experts expect flooding to become more frequent and severe as the planet’s average temperatures rise.

house and boat in floods

A house in floodwaters in Livingston, Montana, on June 15, 2022.Photo by Rick Bowmer/AP

Flooding may have permanently changed Yellowstone’s landscape, rerouting a river and forcing park administrators to rebuild roads farther from the water, the AP reported.

road with missing piece above raging river in yellowstone

High water in the Gardiner River along the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which washed away part of a road on June 13, 2022.National Park Service via AP

“It’s certainly an impressive event there, not one you’ll see very often,” said Chenard.

swollen river with eroded banks in yellowstone

Damaged infrastructure due to flooding and rockslides is seen in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park, June 15, 2022.National Park Service via Reuters

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