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With water receding Thursday following record-breaking flooding in Yellowstone National Park, surrounding communities are assessing the damage and bracing for future economic consequences.

In Billings, Montana, authorities reopened its water plant Thursday after residents were asked to conserve water because the water supply was limited when the Yellowstone River reached record levels and caused the plant to shut down.

The city, which has a population of 110,000, stopped watering parks and boulevards and its fire department filled its trucks with river water. Normal operations resumed on Thursday as the water level in the river receded.

Floodwaters, meanwhile, continued to move downward and were likely to reach Miles City in eastern Montana on Friday morning. Inland areas along the river are prone to flooding, but local officials say the city of more than 8,000 people is not at risk.

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Unprecedented and flash floods earlier this week drove away all but a dozen of the nation’s oldest park’s more than 10,000 visitors.

No one was reported injured or killed due to the running water, which caused houses to be pulled from their foundations, the river to be pushed aside and damaged roads to be rebuilt at a safe distance.

As of Wednesday, the Montana National Guard had rescued 87 people from small towns and campsites affected by the floods. It said its troops were operating road checkposts near Gateway Town, north of Red Lodge, Montana, and had set up a command center there to assist in coordinating search and rescue operations.

Yellowstone officials are hopeful it could reopen next week in the southern part of the park, including the Old Faithful Geyser. The northern part of the park will be closed throughout the summer, park officials say, which is a devastating blow to local economies at the height of the tourist season.

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Hotels in the Yellowstone area have been hit by heavy rains in recent weeks with summer tourists. More than 4 million visitors came through the park last year. The wave of tourists does not subside until the fall and June is usually one of the busiest months of the Yellowstone.

How COVID-19 temporarily closed Yellowstone two years ago, the park cut June 2020 tourist visits by almost a third before recovering for the rest of that summer.

The closure of the northern part of the park keeps visitors away from features such as Tower Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley, which is famous for wildlife viewing such as bears and wolves.

At this point, as the water recedes, park officials are focusing on a massive effort to rebuild several miles of dilapidated roads and hundreds of washed-out bridges, many of which were built for backcountry hikers.

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Montana’s Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras signed the emergency disaster declaration Tuesday and said she will meet FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell and state disaster and emergency services personnel at the Red Lodge on Thursday.

The authors of the Associated Press contributed to this report.