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Outside Yellowstone, Flooded Towns Struggle to Recover

CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO HARLEE INSTEAD OF HARLEY - Harlee Holmes, 8, right, helps her brother Creek, 3, put his shoes on as the family packs up to leave their home that was damaged by severe flooding in Fromberg, Mont., Friday, June 17, 2022. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO HARLEE INSTEAD OF HARLEY - Harlee Holmes, 8, right, helps her brother Creek, 3, put his shoes on as the family packs up to leave their home that was damaged by severe flooding in Fromberg, Mont., Friday, June 17, 2022. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Fromberg, Mont. (AP) -- With Yellowstone National Park pushing to reopen to tourists more quickly than anticipated after record floods pounded southern Montana, some of those hardest hit in the disaster live far from the famous park’s limelight and are leaning heavily on one another to pull their lives out of the mud.

Park officials said Sunday that they hope to have most of Yellowstone open within two weeks, as they use a $50 million infusion of federal highway money to accelerate road and bridge repairs. There's still no timetable for restoring connections between the park and neighboring portions of Montana where the recovery is expected to stretch for months.