Flooding closes Yosemite Valley to traffic

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Here’s a good example of what’s being released to the press.

SignOnSanDiego: “Warm weather and an unusually large, melting snowpack caused heavy flooding of the Yosemite Valley floor Monday, cutting off access into the park, officials said.

Traffic was closed until further notice, and visitors were being advised to check weather and road conditions before traveling to the park.

Some campgrounds, parking areas, and lodging facilities were affected by the water.

But rangers said they expected the flood to recede soon.

‘We’d be really surprised if it lasts more than 24 hours, but no one can ever predict Mother Nature,’ said Adrienne Freeman, a ranger with the park.

All campgrounds in the East Valley were also closed Monday.

Other parts of the park remained open, including the Wawona area and areas accessible through Highway 120 West including Big Oak Flat and the Merced and Tuolomne Groves of Giant Sequoias.”

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