After an intense tropical storm caused flooding in roads and rivers throughout California’s Yosemite Valley on Saturday (April 7), the national park reopened to vehicles and visitors on Sunday afternoon.
Park crews were working to clear water, rocks and debris from roads early Sunday morning and officials warned of delays along several routes. Park services, restaurants and lodging have mostly reopened, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The storm Saturday brought less water than expected, dumping 2.5 inches of rain instead of the forecasted 4 inches. But it was enough to swell the Merced River to as high as 13.73 feet, 4 feet over what’s considered a flood. Roads and campsites on Saturday were under as much as 4 feet of water, but the water had mostly receded by early Sunday morning, according to park officials.
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