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Gov. Gordon to issue an emergency declaration in response to Yellowstone flooding

Governor Mark Gordon (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon said he will be issuing an emergency declaration in response to the flooding in Yellowstone National Park.

The decision follows days of work by state agencies in response to historic and devastating flooding that will keep parts of the park closed for a significant amount of time.

The declaration will allow the state to seek federal assistance for the road repairs in the park and surrounding areas.

“This has been extraordinarily hard on a lot of people and we are doing all we can to assist. Thankfully, visitors have been evacuated and we can go about helping local communities, businesses, and others address the historic impacts of this flood,” Gordon said in a release from the Governor’s Office.

Wyoming is providing assistance to its neighbors in Montana and the National Park Service as needed, with the Wyoming Department of Transportation temporarily maintaining a section of Highway 212 between Cooke City, Montana, and the intersection of Wyoming Highway 296 in northwest Wyoming.

At this time, impacts have been minimal to Wyoming bridges and roads in the Greater Yellowstone area; however, WYDOT is monitoring the situation closely and clearing debris from the public right-of-way.

The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is working with its counterparts in Montana and the National Park Service to assess the damage.