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Mudslide Outside of Yellowstone Temporarily Closes East Entrance Again

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Date: August 18, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

August 18, 2007 07-76
Al Nash (307) 344-2010




Mudslide Outside of Yellowstone Temporarily Closes East Entrance Again
A mudslide 7.5 miles east of Yellowstone’s East Entrance has temporarily closed access to and from the park on Highway 14-16-20 from Cody, Wyoming.

The slide occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon following heavy rains and flash flood warnings in the area. Park County Wyoming crews are working to clear the mud from the highway. Initial reports to Yellowstone dispatch are that the slide is approximately 3 feet deep and 50 feet long, covering both lanes of the roadway. It is unknown at this time when Wyoming crews may be able to clear the highway and re-open it for traffic.

Alternate access between Cody and Yellowstone is possible via the Northeast Entrance and the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

Updated information on the re-opening of the East Entrance road will be posted on the park website when it is available at: http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm, and recorded on the 24-hour road information line at 307-344-2117.

All other Yellowstone entrances, facilities, etc., are open and providing complete visitor services.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.