Posted: Jul 17, 2013 6:36 PM by Q2 News
Updated: Jul 17, 2013 10:54 PM
UPDATE - Heavy rains triggered mud slides near Gardiner, Montana late this afternoon blocking Highway 89 just north of Yellowstone National Park.
Reports from the scene indicate the mudslide covered the highway with between four to ten feet of mud.
The area closed by mudslide is between mile markers 7 and 8 on Highway 89.
The Montana Department of Transportation, Yellowstone National Park, along with Park County road crews have ben able to punch a hole thru the slide to allow emergency traffic to get through, but Highway 89 still remains closed at mile marker 8 to general traffic.
Department of Transportation officials expect the road may be closed for at least another 3 hours.
GARDINER - Heavy rains have resulted in a mudslide and temporary closure of US-89 around mile marker 8/9 north of Gardiner, Montana. This road provides access to the north entrance of Yellowstone and the town of Gardiner. The slide happened around 4:30pm this afternoon. It is reported to be deep and blocking both northbound and southbound lanes. Old Yellowstone Trail is closed for public safety and not an alternative route. Cinnabar Basin is also impacted and may be closed. This is an emerging incident with details still coming in. There is no estimated time for when travel will resume.