Montana Couple Recounts Their Home Being Flew Away by Yellowstone River Flooding.


Montana couple fled historic flooding to save their home from Yellowstone National Park. They watched as their entire home was swallowed by the waters from high up.  

TJ and Victoria Britton said that they were awakened by a knock on their Gardiner door at 6:30 AM Monday. Their neighbors informed them that the bar made of driftwood and placed at the riverbank’s edge was no longer there when they answered the door.  

“A lot of the land was gone and as we were watching it, more pieces just kept falling off,”Victoria stated.  

“And then we knew … we need to leave now we need to evacuate.” 

They grabbed their pets and a few belongings, not realizing that this would be their last visit to their home. They also managed to get belongings from out of town neighbors. “I was able to get a filing cabinet, a safe and a jewelry box,”TJ said.  

They watched as their house fell and was swallowed up by the Yellowstone River’s rushing waters.  

“We watched that all day, probably eight hours, 10 hours,”TJ said. 

Floodwaters also destroyed wedding photos, wedding rings and social security cards. 

“My kids were born when I didn’t have cell phones or digital anything. And I had picture albums when they were young and when I moved to Yellowstone and all the trips I took out here and my job on trail crew with the park service was all on developed film,”TJ said.  

After days of heavy snowmelt and rain, the river that flows through Yellowstone National Park reached historic levels. Many people were evacuated from this area. Authorities say there is no date when the park will reopen. Each summer, the park attracts around 2 million visitors. 

As of Friday A GoFundMe Campaign created by Victoria’s brother to help the family had raised $15,360 raised of its $25,000 goal. Her brother wrote that the money will be used to help Victoria and TJ get on their feet again.   

“Seeing everything, seeing the house go … and then just knowing, seeing bits and pieces of literally at our entire lives floating down the river. There’s kind of no words for it,”Victoria spoke to Inside Edition “It’s overwhelming … shocking. You don’t know how to feel. You don’t know how to process it immediately.”