Yellowstone Reopens a Key Gateway After Devastating June Flooding
The last month of our summer has been truly terrible, with many communities across the nation facing devastating floods that caused massive damage and loss of lives.
And we’ve experienced our fair share of storms, hail and floods over the course of the year. Yet none have compared to the deluge that ravaged the southern half of the state, including our beloved northern Rockies and Rocky Mountain front range, where many of our communities are located.
The most devastating part of the flooding was the loss of homes and lives. More than 17,000 homes were left without power, and about 13,000 people were evacuated from their properties. A large portion of the homes, including many of those in our region of the state, were lost.
And with that, the needlessly destructive June flooding has been put behind us.
Many of our communities were not prepared for one of their many floods.
Many people were unable to evacuate because of road closures, while many couldn’t call out the National Guard due to a lack of numbers.
In addition, many people were caught off guard by what’s become known as “the June Flood,” and were not fully prepared to cope with the onslaught.
We were prepared for our own unique challenges as we battled to restore order in a time of great need. We did not get caught unprepared when the storm hit.
We brought in National Guard to help, to secure roads, and to provide emergency medical and other services to residents. We also mobilized our police force and many other first responders.
In the days and weeks after the storm, hundreds of people came to the door seeking help, and nearly 400 volunteer staff showed up to answer people’s questions and give needed aid.
I want to express my sincerest thanks to all those who volunteered their own time and resources to help during this time of great need, and to all who listened to our call for volunteers, or helped by calling out to someone to assist.
We were also very fortunate to have many of our neighbors and their staff volunteer