YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – New video from the National Park Service shows raging rivers destroying the landscape after unprecedented and catastrophic flooding forced the closure of Yellowstone National Park in June.
The video, which was posted to Twitter, shows how violent the water was in the Lamar River Canyon as the raging rapids carved out a new path and began destroying trees as the water rushed downstream.
Another part of the video shows the rushing water ripping away roadways as the earth was torn away underneath it.
Helicopter video shows the Gardner River Canyon and North Entrance Road completely destroyed due to the flooding, as well as rock slides and mudslides caused by the unprecedented amounts of rain and rapid snowmelt that led to the flooding across the region.
The video even shows the location of a patrol cabin that was washed away by the rapids.
At least 10,000 people became stranded in the park when the flooding began, and the Montana National Guard said they had rescued more than 80 people from the raging floodwaters.
The National Weather Service in Billings, Montana, said several areas of the Yellowstone River saw historic water levels before the water began to recede.
The river at Corwin Springs crested at 13.88 feet, breaking the old record of 11.5 feet in 1918.
Other areas along the river also say record crests.
The Yellowstone River at Billings crested at 16.5 feet, which broke its old record crest of 15 feet.
After the historic flooding, Yellowstone National Park was closed while crews worked to assess the damage, begin rebuilding roads and bridges and clearing rocks and debris.
Since the flooding in June, the North and South Loops of the park have been reopened, but the North and Northeast entrances will remain closed as damage in those areas is much greater.
Luckily there were no reports of injuries or deaths due to the flooding at Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas in Montana.
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