Flooding near Kautz Creek has forced Mount Rainier National Park to close the Nisqually entrance in the southwest corner of the park, park officials announced via the park website. Park staff and guests at Longmire’s National Park Inn are being evacuated.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Nisqually River. The section of road between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire was under construction over the summer and construction is scheduled to resume in the spring.
Longmire and other parts of the park sustained significant damage from flooding in 2006.