Yosemite Valley Flood of 2017

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This blog chronicles the flooding in Yosemite National Park on January 7-8, 2017.

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 10, 2017 El Portal Road (HWY 140) Open

January 10, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park has reopened to all traffic following a rockfall. The road is anticipated to stay open throughout the day. The road will close this evening at 6:00 p.m. to all vehicular traffic based on weather and rockfall concerns.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 9, 2016 Valley Roads Update

January 09, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

Yosemite Valley will reopen for day-use visitors tomorrow morning, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 9, 2017 Morning Update

January 09, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

The Merced River peaked last night (January 8, 2017) at about 12.5 feet and is beginning to recede. The park is currently doing assessments and will reopen Yosemite Valley to the public once it's safe, and water and sewer systems can support increased demand.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 8, 2017 Merced Nearing Flood Stage

January 08, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

The Merced River at Pohono Bridge is nearing 10 feet (flood stage) and is forecast to reach 11.8 feet tonight, January 8, 2017.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 8, 2017 Merced River Update

January 08, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

The Merced River at Pohono Bridge is currently at 8.5 feet and forecast to peak at 12.1 feet tonight, January 8, 2017. While this forecast is lower than previous forecasts, we still expecting significant flooding in Yosemite Valley.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 7, 2017 Flood Preparation

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

All roads leading into Yosemite Valley are closed due to the significant winter storm. There are no visitor services available in Yosemite Valley at this time. Closures are being implemented to ensure the safety of park visitors and employees during the coming storm. Pictures included.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 7, 2017 Safety Closure

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

Weather predictions suggest that the level of the Merced River will far exceed flood stage from January 7 through January 9, 2017, which will create hazardous conditions throughout Yosemite Valley. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and residents while allowing management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating Yosemite Valley as closed. The area will be closed until further notice is given.

 

Yosemite Valley Flood - January 7, 2017 Morning Update

January 07, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite National Park Rangers

As of 5:00 pm January 6, all roads leading into Yosemite Valley are closed in anticipation of the significant winter storm. There will be no visitor services available in Yosemite Valley throughout the storm. These closures are being implemented to ensure the safety of park visitors and employees during the coming storm.

 

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Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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