Some Denali guests, employees marooned by flooding

The Associated Press
June 27, 2014 12:31 AM

This photo provided by Christina Blakey shows flooding in the Kantishna area of Alaska's Denali National Park on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Officials have closed the only road that goes into the park at the Eielson Visitor Center because of flooding and rock falls, marooning dozens of guests and employees. (AP Photo/Christina Blakey)

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska - Officials have organized an airlift for dozens of lodge guests and lodge employees at Denali National Park and Preserve after flooding hit one lodge and flooding and rockfalls prompted the closure of the only road into the park.

Park spokeswoman Kris Fister says rains had swelled small streams by Thursday.

Fister says more than 100 Denali Backcountry Lodge guests and employees were evacuated by bus Thursday after the lodge flooded.

They were taken to a smaller nearby lodge, which was providing food but couldn't house them all.

So Fister said Thursday night an airlift was underway using two helicopters and several small planes to transport those people to either buses at a ranger station or to private airstrips.

She says other lodges in the area did not flood and their guests should be able to get out by road on Friday after some temporary road repairs were completed.

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