Yellowstone River Reaches Highest Recorded Level in Billings, Montana

The Yellowstone River reached its highest recorded level at Billings, Montana, on June 14, causing flooding in the city, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Twitter user @jamesreclaims recorded footage of the floodwaters as he drove on Interstate 90 over the Yellowstone River. The NWS reported that the river was 2.52 feet above flood stage, breaking the previous record set in 1997 by about a foot.

The National Park Service reported that parts of Yellowstone National Park will be closed for “a substantial length of time” due to damage to infrastructure caused by the flooding.

A meteorologist told the Montana Free Press that the historic flooding was caused when heavy rain accelerated the melting of unusually deep snowpack in the mountains. Credit: @jamesreclaims via Storyful

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[WIND BLOWING]

[CAR ENGINE REVVING]

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