Video: Yosemite flooding

updated 5/17/2005 2:56:20 PM ET 2005-05-17T18:56:20

Roads into Yosemite Valley, which had been closed due to flooding, were reopened Tuesday morning, park officials said.

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

At its highest point, water levels rose to about 11 feet, 6 inches in Yosemite Valley Monday afternoon.

An initial evaluation showed the roadways were not damaged by the quick flood.

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

Sites that weren't damaged opened on Tuesday. Rangers recommend campers with reservations call for information before driving into the park.

Other parts of the park have remained open, including the Wawona area and areas accessible along Highway 120 heading west, including Big Oak Flat and the Merced and Tuolomne Groves of Giant Sequoias.

Eastbound Highway 120 and Glacier Point Road were also closed because of snow, as they usually are until Memorial Day.

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