Yosemite Valley, CA Floods and Waterfalls Go Off!

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Upper Yosemite Fall. Image: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, CA is currently closed due to flooding after an Atmospheric River delivered heavy rainfall. The Merced River went nearly four feet above flood stage in Yosemite Valley. The park is expected to assess conditions today and possibly open at noon if they allow.

“The Merced River went nearly four feet above flood stage in Yosemite Valley. We are tentatively planning reopen Yosemite Valley on Sunday at noon, pending assessments. This is subject to change. Look for an announcement by mid-morning on Sunday.” – Yosemite National Park

Housekeeping Camp. Image: Yosemite National Park

Date: April 7, 2018

Yosemite Valley anticipates opening Sunday, April 8 at noon pending assessments  

Yosemite National Park experienced significant impacts from a strong storm that came in from the Pacific. Impacts included 2 to 4 feet of water on roads within Yosemite Valley, impacts to the electrical system, and impacts to water systems. As water levels recede, the park will assess conditions throughout this evening and into tomorrow morning. If conditions permit, all roads leading into Yosemite Valley and all roads in Yosemite Valley will open tomorrow,Sunday April 8, at noon.

For tonight, access to Yosemite Valley remains closed along the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) at the Foresta Road Junction, along with the Wawona Road (Highway 41) at Chinquapin, and along Highway 140 at the Park boundary in El Portal.

Visitor services and campgrounds remain open in Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, and El Portal. The Big Trees Lodge, the El Portal Market, and the El Portal gas station remain open. Roads and park facilities may close at any time for visitor and employee safety.

Photo Tour:

Yosemite Falls and flooded Cook’s Meadow (but nowhere near as flooded as it was in January 1997!). Image: Yosemite National Park
Cook’s Meadow Flooding. Image: Yosemite National Park
Swinging Bridge. Image: Yosemite National Park
Sentinel Meadow and Lower and Middle Brother. Image: Yosemite National Park
Road crew clearing logam. Image: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Meadow. Image: Yosemite National Park
El Capitan Bridge. Image: Yosemite National Park

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