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“It’s something I never in a million years even thought was possible… it’s still unbelievable,” TJ told CNN’s New Day on Friday morning.

Since last weekend, Yellowstone National Park and many nearby cities have been inundated with record levels of rainfall and flooding, prompting officials to close all entrances to the park, which stretches across parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

The Britons said they were accustomed to high water levels in the river at this time of the year. But Sunday night, something felt different. Their house is shaking.

“At first I thought that it could just be trees going down the river and crashing into each other,” Victoria said, “but the house was shaking, which was very strange.”

It wasn’t until the next morning that Victoria realized what was happening: “It was actually the embankment that was collapsing, so the house was rattling and shaking,” she said.

On Monday, the couple sat side by side and watched their house fall into the river.

“It was delayed [process]”- said TJ. – My canoe, my boat fell. Part of the garage dangled. The concrete platform in front of the house disappeared. And then the garage fell off. The decks fell off. And finally the house.”

TJ told CNN that he didn’t actually see his house go into the river as he was gathering some supplies. at a friend’s house when it happened. On hearing the news, they began to return; When they got to the highway, they noticed that a crowd had gathered at the guardrail, so they stopped to see what was going on.

“And right around the corner of the river my house appeared,” said TJ. “It was the strangest thing I have ever seen in my life.”

TJ says that he and Victoria are both still in shock and are “trying to drown it all out, but reality is about to crash.”

The couple say most of the people they encountered were very supportive, but there was one group of tourists who “applauded and cheered as our house floated down the river.”

“It was unpleasant,” Victoria told CNN. “We’ve heard some people say insensitive, unsympathetic things as we sit and wait for our whole life to fall into the river.”

Historical rainfall and floods

Over a three-day period last week, Yellowstone National Park received about two to three times its normal rainfall for all of June, and this month’s rainfall has already exceeded 400% of the average in northwest Wyoming and southern Montana. to the National Meteorological Service.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Yellowstone River at one point rose to its highest level in more than 100 years.

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Parts of Yellowstone National Park could reopen as early as Monday. Casper Star Tribune reports. But officials said the northern section of the park would likely remain closed until the end of the season.

“Many sections of the road in [the park’s northern areas] have completely disappeared and will require considerable time and effort to recover,” the June 14 report said. news release. “It is likely that sections of roads in the northern part of Yellowstone will not reopen this season due to the time required for repairs.”

Neighboring cities feel the blow

Briton-dwelling Gardiner, Montana, is near the northern entrance to Yellowstone, and hotel owners say they are feeling the effects of the park’s closure.

“This is Yellowstone City, and it lives and dies on tourism,” said Park County Commissioner Bill Berg.

“There’s no one here,” Keri Huesing, owner of the Yellowstone Gateway Inn, told CNN. “We’ve been booked firmly for a year.”

Now, after the flood, all but one of her visitors have left, she says. One nearby hotel closed completely and sent its employees home.

Dangerous flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt began inundating the park and surrounding areas on Monday, engulfing major roads and bridges and completely surrounding some communities.

In Montana Park County, which includes Gardiner, water is receding and access to some communities has been restored, Greg Coleman, the county’s emergency services manager, said Wednesday.

But on Friday and Saturday, the area will experience the highest temperatures of the season, exacerbating snowmelt in the mountains and another increase in water inflow into waterways, meteorologists told CNN on Friday morning. Many waterways could reach their banks by Saturday or Sunday, with some minor flooding possible but not expected to be comparable to levels reached earlier this week.

CNN’s Elizabeth Wolfe, Jason Hanna and Claudia Dominguez contributed to this story.

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