At the alpine lodge, owner Larry Yung's bustling summer season just grounded to a halt after Yellowstone National Park was forced to close due to dangerous flooding.
The usual sounds of visitors crowding the park are now replaced by emergency responders working to evacuate people and contain
"The helicopters are flying over. That's for rescue missions," he told CBS News' Jonathan Vigliotti.
At least 300 homes and 200 structures. Survey teams are struggling to reach rural communities that have seen about 15 bridges destroyed.
"We've got probably another 100 or so homes of people who can't get back to their homes," said Red Lodge Fire Chief Tom Kuntz.
Park officials said they believe the southern side of the park could reopen as soon as next week, but the northern end could be closed for months due to.
"We will make every effort for the park to open, may not be full scale," Montana Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras said.
Juras has been handling the disaster declaration while Gov. Greg Gianforte has been out of the country on what his office has called a "personal trip."
Local businesses are under pressure to figure out how to economically sustain themselves through the winter, as nearly all of their profitable income for the year comes during the summer season. The popular tourist destination sees 2 million visitors every summer.
"Just help our town out by supporting us by coming to see us again," Yung said.
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