After closing roads in and out of Yosemite National Park at 5 p.m. Thursday due to predicted flooding from heavy rains, all roads were re-opened this morning at 9 a.m..
Additionally, campgrounds, lodging, restaurants, and facilities within Yosemite Valley are open and fully operational. This reopening is possible because the Merced River crested below flood stage early this morning, resulting in no major damage to park roads or operations.
Visitors are asked to drive drive with extreme caution as there is still water on the roadways, some downed branches, and minor rockfall on park roads. Park crews will be working for the next several days in cleaning roadways and removing debris.
Pacific Gas and Electric crews were also prepared as forecasters said Thursday night’s storm had the potential to cause power outages for customers, particularly in mountain communities.
Mountain Area residents are still reminded to be prepared for potential outages this winter by fully charging cell phones, and ensuring you have fresh batteries for flashlights or battery-powered lanterns. Never use candles as a lighting source during an outage to protect you and your family from the risk of fires.
For 24 hour road and weather information, call (209)372-0200.