Historic flooding of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries overwhelmed social media Monday and Tuesday of this week, as eyewitnesses and agencies posted drone and phone footage of rising waters, washed-out roadways, inundated towns, and bridges and homes swept away by torrential currents. Montana Free Press is compiling a collection of these videos as they become available. This post will be updated.
Heavy rain on top of deep snowpack resulted in “unprecedented” flooding in parts of southern Montana on Monday, forcing the evacuation and temporary closure of Yellowstone National Park.
Low temperatures and persistent precipitation combined with an unusually high June snowpack to set the stage for historic flooding in southwest and south-central Montana June 13. At least five rivers in Park, Carbon and Stillwater counties set all-time records for high flows, wiping out bridges and roads and sending entire buildings downstream.
ALERT: 500-year flooding event on Yellowstone River forces City of Billings water plant to shut down, residents asked to conserve water. Details here – https://t.co/HjaDFUgFTL pic.twitter.com/MJaZhLPTha— City of Billings (@BillingsMT) June 15, 2022
Flooding in the Flathead: While not as disastrous as what has been seen in the southern part of the state, rising water is creating problems in Northwest Montana too. Here are a few shots from the last 24 hours for the @mtfreepress #MTnews pic.twitter.com/lsBVrVEJXf— Justin Franz (@jfranz88) June 15, 2022
US 212 & MT Hwy 308— YourOtherMotherLisa (@YourOtherMom) June 14, 2022
Red Lodge, Montana
They are currently trying to stabilize the bridge and filling the crater that used to be the northbound lane of 212. You are no longer allowed to walk across.
*Will be updating here as I go pic.twitter.com/FOyIxOCC0y
East side of Fromberg is underwater. There are ~100 houses over there and people told me they were evacuating in hip-high water. A temporary shelter is set up at the Fromberg School. There are still lots of residents in their homes, not opting to evacuate. #mtnews #mtwx #mtfloods pic.twitter.com/w8xoE7sy0X— Jackie Coffin (@Jackie_Coffin) June 14, 2022
I’m vacationing in Montana, and came across flooding on our way to a hot spring in Chico. Homes flooded. The road was closed along with the highway to Livingston, which is dealing with flooding. Yellowstone National Park entrances, where we were going to tomorrow, are closed. pic.twitter.com/Ymmf39Tro2— Travis McEwan (@TravisMcEwanCBC) June 14, 2022
Flood waters damage Gardiner, Livingston, Red Lodge among other communities.
Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras signed a declaration of disaster due to flooding in southern Montana in the absence of Gov. Greg Gianforte, who is out of the country.
Current conditions of Yellowstone’s North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs.— Yellowstone National Park (@YellowstoneNPS) June 13, 2022
We will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available. More info: https://t.co/mymnqGvcVB pic.twitter.com/S5ysi4wf8a