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    We had hoped to visit Yellowstone and the Tetons during our 2020 fall migration from a vaccine mandate state to a freer state. A blizzard was chasing us so we had to bypass the area. So sad to see this devastation.

    https://apnews.com/article/floods-un...693a438b704476
    Yellowstone flooding rebuild could take years, cost billions
    By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and BRIAN MELLEYJune 21, 2022 GMT

    Created in 1872 as the United States was recovering from the Civil War, Yellowstone was the first of the national parks that came to be referred to as America’s best idea. Now, the home to gushing geysers, thundering waterfalls and some of the country’s most plentiful and diverse wildlife is facing its biggest challenge in decades.

    Floodwaters this week wiped out numerous bridges, washed out miles of roads and closed the park as it approached peak tourist season during its 150th anniversary celebration. Nearby communities were swamped and hundreds of homes flooded as the Yellowstone River and its tributaries raged.

    The scope of the damage is still being tallied by Yellowstone officials, but based on other national park disasters, it could take years and cost upwards of $1 billion to rebuild in an environmentally sensitive landscape where construction season only runs from the spring thaw until the first snowfall...
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