(ANSA) – NEW YORK, JUNE 22 – Yellowstone has reopened for a limited number of visitors but it will take years and over a billion dollars to restore the national park to the state it was in before the damage caused by the floods of recent days.
According to the park authorities quoted by the Associated Press, the works can only be carried out after the spring thaw and until the first autumn snowfall. The greatest damage was to roads, particularly the highway connecting the park’s north entrance in Montana to Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming.
Entire sections of the road were swept away after the Gardiner River overflowed.
“It will not be easy to rebuild – said superintendent Cam Sholly -. I do not think it is smart to invest potentially tens of millions of dollars in repairing a road that may be subject to similar floods in the future” (ANSA).