Governor and Wyoming Work Hard to Mitigate Impacts of Yellowstone Flood
Thursday, June 16, 2022
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon will issue an emergency declaration in response to historic flooding in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas. This follows days of work by state agencies to respond to this historic event.
While analysis of the impacts of the flooding in the surrounding area is ongoing, the emergency declaration will allow the state to seek federal funding assistance for necessary road repairs. Governor Gordon has been communicating with Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and state agency heads to ensure a coordinated response to a changing situation.
“This has been extraordinarily hard on a lot of people and we are doing all we can to assist,” Governor Gordon said. “Thankfully, visitors have been evacuated and we can go about helping local communities, businesses and others address the historic impacts of this flood.”
Wyoming is providing assistance to its neighbors in Montana and the National Park Service, as needed. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is temporarily maintaining a section of US Highway 212 between Cooke City, Montana and the intersection of Wyoming Highway 296 in Northwest Wyoming due to heavy spring snowfall. This will ensure residents, first responders and evacuees have access to supplies, lodging, healthcare and other essential services during the current state of emergency. State highway crews have also worked to clear bridges and evaluate risks to highway infrastructure. Some WYDOT employees worked late into the night on Monday.