Yellowstone National Park is pushing to reopen to tourists faster than expected after record flooding.

Park officials said on Sunday they hoped most of Yellowstone would be open within two weeks as they use a $50million (£40,909,074) infusion of federal highways money to speed up the repair of roads and bridges.

There is still no timetable for restoring connections between the park and neighboring parts of Montana where the recovery is expected to stretch for months.

In and around the farming community of Fromberg, the Clarks Fork River flooded nearly 100 homes and severely damaged a major irrigation ditch that serves many farms. The town’s mayor says about a third of flooded homes are too far away to repair.

Not far from the shore, Lindi O’Brien’s trailer was raised high enough to avoid major damage. But she got water in her barns and sheds, lost some of her poultry and saw her recently deceased parents’ house flooded with several feet of water.

Elected officials who showed up to tour the damage in Red Lodge and Gardiner — tourist towns in Montana that serve as gateways to Yellowstone — did not travel to Fromberg to see its devastation.

Ms O’Brien said the lack of attention comes as no surprise given the town’s location away from the main tourist routes.

She holds no grudges but has resigned herself to the idea that if Fromberg is going to recover, its roughly 400 residents will have to do much of the work themselves.

In and around the farming community of Fromberg, the Clarks Fork River flooded nearly 100 homes and severely damaged a major irrigation ditch that serves many farms (Matthew Brown/AP)

“We take care of each other,” Ms O’Brien said as she and two longtime friends, Melody Murter and Aileen Rogers, combed through mud-covered items strewn across her property.

A few blocks away, Matt Holmes combed through piles of mud and debris but couldn’t find much to salvage from the trailer he shared with his wife and four children.

Mr Holmes had taken the day off but said he needed to return to his construction job soon so he could start earning money again. We don’t know if it can bring in enough to rebuild. Otherwise, Mr Holmes said he could move the family to Louisiana, where they have relatives.

“I want to stay in Montana. I don’t know if we can,” he said.

Yellowstone will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, more than a week after more than 10,000 visitors were evicted from the park when the Yellowstone and other rivers overran their banks after being swollen by melting snow and several centimeters of rain.

Only parts of the park accessible by its “southern loop” of roads will initially be open, and access to the park’s scenic backcountry will be limited to day hikers.

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Yellowstone will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, more than a week after more than 10,000 visitors were kicked out of the park (David Goldman/AP)

Within two weeks, officials hope to open the North Loop, after previously saying it would likely remain closed during the summer season. The North Loop would allow visitors access to popular attractions such as Tower Fall and Mammoth Hot Springs.

They would still be excluded from the Lamar Valley, famous for its prolific wildlife, including bears, wolves and bison that can often be seen from the side of the road.

“It would restore 75 to 80 percent of the park to working order,” National Park Service Director Charles Sams said Sunday during a visit to Yellowstone to assess the effects of the flooding.

It will take much longer – possibly years – to fully restore two badly damaged stretches of road that connect the park to Gardiner to the north and Cooke City to the northeast.