Yellowstone reopens south loop with limited capacity after unprecedented floods

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Visitors are now enabled Travel through the South Loop – access through the park’s east, west and south entrances – based on the optional license plate system, with some exceptions, the National Park Service Said.

That system means that vehicles with a license plate ending in an odd number will be able to enter the park on odd days of the month, while the odd number (including zero) will be allowed on even days of the month, according to the service.

That’s to slow down visitor traffic, the park service said. While there were “major backups” on Wednesday morning, they were cleared in a matter of hours at each entrance, park service officials said in a news release.

Less than 5,000 vehicles entered the South Loop on Wednesday – a big difference from the usual 10,000 or more cars entering, Park Service said.

“It’s too early to say whether the license plate system worked, but it seems to have done its job by halving our normal traffic volume,” Park Superintendent Cam Sholay said in a statement. “We are pleased to have visitors back in Yellowstone and appreciate the patience of the public and community partners as we continue to work through this difficult situation.”

Outside the southern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, cars, campers and trucks are waiting to enter for the first time in more than a week before sunrise on Wednesday.

Outside the southern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, cars, campers and trucks are waiting to enter for the first time in more than a week before sunrise on Wednesday.

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The park is accessed through the north loop, north and northeast entrances, it remains closed, the service adds.

The park – which covers parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming – and surrounding towns were inundated with unprecedented rainfall and flooding, creating mudslides, rocks and other dangerous conditions, officials said. Said. Roads were washed away in several places, while others were swept away by the floods and trees fell, officials said. Reported.
Heavy rains and rapid melting of snow caused the Yellowstone River to flood 1 event in 500-years, The US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Activists from the tourism industry around Yellowstone National Park are feeling the effects Financial impact after historic floods Iconic Park Destination Closed. CNN Frederica Whitefield Shawn spoke to Dar, who runs Little Trail Creek Cabin in nearby Gardiner, Montana, about whether she and her family’s business could survive financially.
Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming Said On Twitter on Wednesday. “This is good news for our immediate communities and for Wyoming tourism.”
The park’s north loop is also expected to reopen in the next two weeks, after cleaning, repair and inspection efforts are completed, Park said. A news release Earlier this week.

Claudia Dominguez and Paradise Officer of CNN contributed to this report.

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