Park spokesman Scott Gediman said the event that started on Jan. 18 caused what he asserted to be “the most damage” in its recorded history — possibly costing upwards of $ 200 miljoen.
Photos taken by the park and posted on social media captured the devastation. The park’s Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, and hundreds of other trees were uprooted, with some falling on structures and homes, amptenare gesê.
And that was only the beginning.
“There’s more damage happening, ook,” Gediman told the Los Angeles Times. “We’ve got heavy snow falling and snow accumulations in the trees and that’s causing tree failures…. One fell on a ranger’s house in the valley.”
The park will remain closed until Monday as a result of the ongoing winter storm that caused more than 18 inches of snow to fall in the Yosemite Valley area — following the fierce winds.
“Heavy, wet snow has caused trees and branches to fall throughout the park, causing damage to park facilities and vehicles,” the park wrote on its Facebook account.
The Mariposa Grove contains about 500 mature giant sequoias. They are the third “longest-lived” tree species, with the oldest known specimen said to have been 3,266 jaar oud, Volgens die Nasionale Parkdiens (NPS).
When the park reopens Monday, officials said areas south of Yosemite Valley, including Mariposa Grove, will stay closed “until further notice.”
Campgrounds and lodges have been closed for several weeks because the park is trying to reduce the chances of visitors spreading the coronavirus.