During the second week of June 2022, our local Yellowstone River made national news as it experienced historical flooding which damaged many communities throughout Park County including Livingston down Paradise Valley into Gardiner and the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Bridges washed out, roads were overflowing, and many homes were impacted by the fast-moving and high water levels. Fortunately for all these areas that were impacted, our tight-knit community has banded together in many ways to help all those in need.
ERA Landmark associates have donated $3,000 to support efforts of cleanup and repair damages. Aside from collecting funds, ERA Livingston agents have personally gone out to the community with efforts to help their neighbors and local business owners. When the water levels started rising, agent Baylor Carter started filling sandbags at 6 pm and didn't stop until after midnight. Agent team Gillian & Sarah Swanson rallied a crew to shovel out mud and muck out of a neighbor's house and their 3 or 4 cabins also on the property. After all that hard work, they even bought lunch for the volunteers. We are proud of how fast our agents reacted to support their hometown and all those in need.
If you are looking for great resources to help support in this cause as well, you can reach out to Greater Gallatin United Way and Park County Community Foundation who have launched the SW MT Flood Relief Fund- Supporting Park and Madison Counties. Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) is the official fiscal sponsor to support fundraising efforts to respond to flood-relief needs in Park County, Madison, Gallatin, and Meagher Counties. Park County Community Foundation is an active partner alongside GGUW in responding to community needs in Park County. Southwest Montana COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) has activated a disaster response fund as well.
If you have travel plans to visit Yellowstone National Park, have faith that the park is still open! At the time this was written, the west, south, and east entrances are open to visitors. The northern loop roads are scheduled to reopen to traffic on July 2nd. The north and northeast entrances will be closed until further notice due to entire stretches of roadways being washed out. In an effort to keep from overcrowding traffic with two entrances closed, the Park has established an Alternating License Plate System which admits visitors on certain days based on their license plate number. Check back to the official Flood Recovery and Operations page for updates, live maps, and instructions on how to enjoy Yellowstone Park after this natural incident.