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All five entrances to Yellowstone National Park in the United States have been closed after record flooding triggered by heavy rains and melting glaciers destroyed roads and bridges and inundated surrounding communities.

The entire park, which covers the western states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, will be closed to visitors including those who booked lodging and camping, at least until Wednesday when officials inspect the damage, park supervisors said Monday.

It is the first time all five of the park’s entrances have been closed to visitors since a series of devastating bushfires in 1988.

The National Park Service (NPS) said it was working to evacuate remaining visitors and staff at various locations, particularly those north of the iconic park that were hardest hit.

“It’s likely that the north loop will be closed for quite a while,” park superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.

Aerial footage released by NPS shows most of the North Entrance that meanders between Gardiner and the park’s headquarters in Mammoth Thermal Baths, Wyoming, washed away by waves of floodwater along the Gardner River.

Floods cut off road access to Gardiner, a town of about 900 people and home to many of the Yellowstone staff, just outside the park’s North Entrance.

In a cabin in town, Indiana resident Parker Manning can get a close look at rising waters and the Yellowstone River floodwaters raging across the riverbank right outside his door.

“We started seeing whole trees floating in the river, debris,” Manning told the Associated Press news agency. “Seeing one crazy kayaker go down, which was kind of crazy.”

Other roads were also washed away or covered in rocks and mud with a number of bridges also damaged, and there were several power outages in various parts of the 890,000 hectare (2.2 million hectare) park.

The park service said the rain and flooding sweeping the park was unprecedented, with the Yellowstone River hitting 4.2 meters (13.8 feet) on Monday, higher than the previous record of 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) set in 1918, according to the National Weather Service. .

The sudden spike in summer temperatures over the past three days has also accelerated the melting of snow that had accumulated on the mountains during late winter storms.

“It’s raining a lot, but the flooding wouldn’t be like this if we didn’t have a lot of snow,” said Cory Mottice, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Billings, Montana. “This is a flood we have never seen in our lives before.”

The rain will probably ease while cooler temperatures will reduce snowmelt in the coming days, Mottice said.

Yellowstone, designated the world’s first national park in 1872 and esteemed as one of the top outdoor tourist destinations in the US, is renowned for its geysers, abundant wildlife, and spectacular views.

About four million people a year usually visit the area.

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