In just a few days, heavy rain and rapid snowmelt triggered a massive flood that could forever alter Yellowstone park’s terrain. For thousands of years the Yellowstone National Park was shaped by forces of fire and ice. It took many decades for humans to alter it enough for tourists to visit in their cars.
The flood that hit this week tore out bridges, poured into nearby homes and pushed a popular fishing river off course. The historic flood waters may force roadways almost torn away by torrents of water to be rebuilt in new places.
Bill Berg, a commissioner in nearby Park County explained “the landscape literally and figuratively has changed dramatically in the last 36 hours, … A little bit ironic that this spectacular landscape was created by violent geologic and hydrologic events, and it’s just not very handy when it happens while we’re all here settled on it.”
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