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Some of the natural forces that helped make Yellowstone National Park one of America’s most beloved landscapes created a terrible flood this week, as warm rains combined with rapidly melting snow engulfed waterways.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, highway workers inspect a washed-up bridge over the Yellowstone River near Gardiner in Mont.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, highway workers inspect a washed-up bridge over the Yellowstone River near Gardiner in Mont.
(AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

The trees fell and washed away, the rivers jumped on their banks and tore up huge sections of the highway, the bridges collapsed and the houses washed away from their foundations below.

More than 80 people were rescued from flood-affected campgrounds and small towns. Significantly, no one was injured.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, the road ends where a house in Gardiner, Mont.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, the road ends where a house in Gardiner, Mont.
(AP Photo / David Goldman)

The park evacuated 10,000 visitors and closed its gates while assessing damage to bridges, roads, trails and facilities. Residents of the hamlets below cleaned up hundreds of swamps, pumping chunky brown water through buckets and dumping it outside.

Major floods in Yellowstone led to the bridge being washed away and roads washed away

A plane by helicopter showed huge sections of the road inside the north gate of the park, where the damage swallowed by the violent current was clearly visible from above.

The sinus curve of the road along the Gardner River came to abrupt and jagged ends at several intervals. At one point, the river changed course and flowed directly under the road leading up the steep valley hill.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, a house in Rock Creek after floodwaters washed away a road and bridge at Red Lodge in Mont.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, a house in Rock Creek after floodwaters washed away a road and bridge at Red Lodge in Mont.
(AP Photo / David Goldman)

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At Red Lodge in Montana, the waters of Rock Creek jumped on their shores, washed up on a bridge and collided with a house on its side as current continued to push over it.

Red Lodge residents removed toys and clothing stained with mud and floodwaters. They hung wet clothes on the fences. The car, which was parked on the street, plunged into a deep ditch carved with water that flooded homes. A refrigerator and washing machine are on the sidewalk.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, floodwaters flooded parts of North Entrance Road at Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, floodwaters flooded parts of North Entrance Road at Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont.
(AP Photo / David Goldman)

In the town of Gardiner, a driveway beyond a small house was curved and silver was seen glistening in the sun on the eroded bank of the Yellowstone River. As of Monday evening, it had led to a large house where six park employees and their families lived. They were evacuated before it could land on the rolling rapids and taken down 5 miles (8 kilometers) before sinking.

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Although Gardiner has largely escaped flooding, its business could dry up if the park is closed and tourists do not make their way to Yellowstone.

The Yellowstone River is still flowing fast, but there is no time to stay in the river – even for whitewater experts. At Flying Pig Adventures, guides Jackson Mర్ller and Christy Davis, a rafting company across the river, strolled in the sun with owner dog Bonnie. It was on a wooden deck and went nowhere.