A battle for survival looms for door towns as Yellowstone closes

Rebecca Stoneberger was preparing for summer tourism just before the disaster struck

She recently expanded the hours at Bears Brew, her coffee shop in Gardiner, Mont., a gateway town on the edge of Yellowstone National Park.

In the past week, torrential rains and snowmelt caused the Yellowstone River to become swollen to record levels in just hours

As Stoneberger watched helplessly as the flood destroyed her neighbor's building,

There is a building in Yellowstone National Park housing workers' families.

He witnessed the same building floating past Reedfly Farm, in Paradise Valley, his lodging business.

Cam Sholly, the director of the Park, said in a news conference that the damage has been so severe the park has been closed

This is the first time in the 150-year history of Yellowstone that the park has been closed by a flood.

A section of the park shut down for wildfires more than three decades ago. Sholly said Tuesday that the southern loop could reopen as soon as next week