Home swept away as Yellowstone National Park is hit by major floods and mudslides

Camille Fine

As summer tourist season ramps up, record-breaking floods in Yellowstone National Park and dangerous mudslides have swept away homes, ripped apart bridges and forced evacuations of surrounding communities isolated without power.

On Tuesday, a video showed a home in Gardiner, Montana, collapsing into the murky waters of Yellowstone River. 

Yellowstone River reached highs not seen in our lifetimes, at almost 14 feet on Monday. The previous record of 11.5 feet occurred more than a century ago, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 3,500 square miles in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It sits atop a volcanic hot spot with about half the world’s active geysers.

The bridge to Tom Miner Basin off of Highway 89 south of Livingston, Mont., has been washed out as major flooding swamped roads and set off mudslides in Yellowstone National Park.
A washed-out highway between Gardiner and Mammoth in Montana trapped tourists in Gardiner as historic flooding hit the area.
The swollen Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana washed out part of a road.
People gather near Gardiner, Montana, as mudslides and flooding in Yellowstone left local communities without clean water or power.
The fast-rushing Yellowstone River flooded a small boathouse in Gardiner, Mont., on June 13, north of Yellowstone National Park.
In this image provided by Sam Glotzbach, the flooding Yellowstone River undercuts the river bank, threatening a house and a garage in Gardiner, Mont., on June 13, 2022.
Yellowstone Gardiner Montana Flood on June 13, 2022.
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is a washed out bridge from flooding at Rescue Creek in Yellowstone National Park, Mont., on Monday, June 13, 2022.
Yellowstone Gardiner Montana Flood
Yellowstone Gardiner Montana Flood
In this photo provided by the National Park Service, is a large rockslide on North Entrance Road in Gardner Canyon of Yellowstone National Park, Montana on Monday, June 13, 2022. All the entrances to Yellowstone National Park were temporarily closed Monday due to substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways from recent unprecedented amounts of rainfall and flooding, park officials said.

Nearby Park County said water and air rescues were underway Monday and issued shelter-in-place orders.

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Climate change is responsible for more intense and frequent weather events, scientists have said.

Rainfall is expected for the next several days and all five entrances to the park were closed, officials said Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY's NOW team. She loves to make pizza, photograph friends and spoil her loving cat Pearl.