Flooding in Yellowstone leaves officials assessing damage

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Several parts of Yellowstone National Park were evacuated due to flooding caused by torrential rain and rapidly melting snowpack

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In the midst of summer tourist season, the Yellowstone electricity was cut off and all entrances closed indefinitely.

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Despite the destruction of numerous homes and other structures, no injuries were reported at the time.

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As Yellowstone officials assessed the storm damage, which washed away bridges, triggered mudslides and isolated small cities, forcing evacuations by boat and helicopter.

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Yellowstone's gateway communities in southern Montana suffered some of the most severe damage.

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Gardiner, Montana, a town of about 900 people near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Gardner rivers was cut off from the outside world.

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People in safe places were encouraged to stay put overnight as rescue operations and evacuations were ongoing.

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