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May 16, 2005, 12:00 PM
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Yosemite Valley roads were closed 5/16/05; now reopened
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update 5/16: please check the Yosemite website for their latest weather and water levels.

Hi, I'm on a press list for Yosemite NP. I got this in email this morning. This is my first awareness of issues and I have no more details so you'd want to contact the park or their website for more info.

I'm removing the Yosemite PR person's email from this posting in case they'd be upset with mass emails. But if a forum moderator wants to get their info, you can PM me.

-Carol

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Subject: Yosemite News Release
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 11:21:53 -0700

Yosemite News Release

May 16, 2005
For Immediate Release


Yosemite Valley Experiencing High Water

Yosemite Valley temporarily closed

High water is causing flooding in some Yosemite Valley areas, including
campgrounds, parking areas, some lodging facilities, and picnic areas.
Larger than usual snowpack, warm weekend weather, and rain have all
contributed to higher than usual water levels.

Safety concerns, including road flooding and possible infrastructure
damage, have prompted Yosemite National Park officials to close
Yosemite
Valley temporarily to traffic. In addition, all East Valley campgrounds
are
closed until further notice.

Other areas in Yosemite National Park, including Wawona and areas off
of
Highway 120 west including Big Oak Flat and the Merced and Tuolomne
Groves
of Giant Sequoias will remain open until further notice. Glacier Point
Road
and Highway 120 East (Tioga Road) are still closed.

Visitors are advised to check weather and road conditions before coming
to
Yosemite National Park. Information can be obtained at 209/372-0200 or
on
the park website at www.nps.gov/yose. Visitors with lodging
reservations
should contact Delaware North Company, Inc., at 559/ 252-4848 to check
on
current conditions.

-NPS-


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May 16, 2005, 1:21 PM
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Here's a link to the Supertopo thread on this topic:

http://www.supertopo.com/...pic_id=72639&f=0&b=0

Here's the park service website:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/news/

I was just there this past weekend and the weather was beautiful. It was clouding up a bit when we left yesterday afternoon, especially over the high country. I guess the clouds coalesced into something substantial. :) While we we driving out on 140, I was saying to a friend that I'd never seen that much water in the Valley, even in April/May. Heheh.

Colin


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So I'm sure there's a bunch of us with plans to head out there this upcoming weekend. Any locals with estimates of how long till this clears, and what some good backup ideas are?


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