In June of 2022, Yellowstone National Park experienced a massive historic flood. Forecasters think we may see flooding again in 2024 because warm temperatures melt the snow too fast for the rivers, creeks, and streams to keep up.

If we learned anything in 2022, it's to be aware of fast-rising waters and follow instructions from authorities.

If you're on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you don't want anything to interrupt your trip. Not to sound mean, but Mother Nature doesn't care about your trip, and things can change in a heartbeat when weather is involved.

Being prepared and aware of your surroundings is extremely important for reasons other than bears and bison. Rapid-moving and fast-rising water is another element you need to watch.

Recognizing the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning is essential.

  • A flood watch means conditions are right for waters to rise and flooding to occur.
  • A flood warning means flooding is already occurring or will be happening soon. You should take immediate action.

The Red Cross suggests that you have plans to stay safe during different types of flooding.

  • Flash floods can be sudden and violent, and you may have little warning. Designate a place on higher ground that you can reach quickly and plan to move to higher ground before flooding begins.
  • River floods: If you are in an area prone to river floods, review your evacuation plan so that you can leave quickly if officials advise you to evacuate.
  • Storm surge: If local officials advise, be prepared to evacuate immediately. A storm surge can cause water levels to rise quickly and flood large areas in minutes.

Never drive through water standing or moving across the road. It only takes a few inches for your vehicle to be swept away.

Turn around, don't drown.

It's also essential to set your phone up to receive emergency alerts.

The Red Cross also offers a checklist to familiarize yourself with to help you prepare for a flooding emergency.

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After catastrophic flooding damaged portions of Yellowstone National Park in June of 2022, major reconstruction was necessary to make the park passable again. The following are photos of the improvement projects at Old Gardiner Road and the Northeast Entrance Road. All photos are courtesy of the National Park Service, photographer Jacob W. Frank.

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