One of the United States's most popular national parks has re-opened to visitors after severe flooding forced its closure for more than two months.
Yosemite National Park in California was swamped by record levels of water in which camp sites and roads were swept away.
Although the park is back in business, far fewer cars than before will be allowed to enter.
The sign says it all, and the message is clear.
After the worst flooding for decades descended on the Yosemite Valley, the park is recovering and able to receive visitors again.
On January 2nd, after two and a half days of heavy rain, rivers burst their banks and parts of the park were submerged under as much as seven feet of water.
900 visitors and 12-hundred park employees were cut off when all three highways into the valley were closed.
But today, little evidence of the flooding is visible.
The park's vistas provide the same sights which draw visitors from not just California and the U-S, but from all over the world.
The clearing-up operation is still underway.
Picturesque camping places and picnic sites have been turned into waste grounds with tables and debris swept up against trees.
Ruined cars rest where the waters subsided, canvas tents were upturned and smashed.
Many people lost all they had as damage estimates ran into (m) millions of U-S dollars.
But it may not all be bad news.
Fans of the park say the flooding has achieved in a flash what twenty years of lobbying failed to do.
The Federal government has taken advantage of the floods to impose restrictions on the number of cars allowed into the park.
"In the summertime we are extremely busy in here. The visitation is enormous and unfortunately the roadways and the parking is not up to the amount of visitation that comes here and so one of the general management plans is to limit access of motor vehicles because the valley becomes gridlocked.
SUPERCAPTION: Keith Fober, Park Ranger
Rangers say while visitors are enjoying the views, they are also unwittingly damaging the park.
By limiting the amount of motor traffic they hope to save Yosemite from being trampled to death.
"The ground has actually been hardened by the foot traffic, the vehicle traffic, the camping traffic. There's a lot of wear and tear around the repairing zones, around the water where the river banks are just being eroded by usage there where all the wood is collected and burned in fireplaces because there are just so many people here. We have air pollution problems, you know inversions where the smoke is held down and we have smog probably comparable to some of the worst in some of the big cities such as L.A. on a bad day."
SUPER CAPTION: Keith Fober, Park Ranger
This is Groveland.
An historic town in what was once gold-rush country.
It's described as a gateway community to Yosemite National Park, with a thriving, park- dependent business of hotels, restaurants and shops.
Peggy Mosley runs the Groveland Hotel and is optimistic the town will benefit from the car quota.
"We presently as a community are working on developing a transit system that will provide a shuttle service for our guests into the park and back out again. This could have a very positive effect for us because by doing so we would be bring people back into our community, perhaps for overnights, for services, for restaurants and so on."
SUPER CAPTION: Peggy Mosley, Town Spokesperson
Half of the 900 campsites in Yosemite were lost to the floods.
Electrical supply systems shut down, hillsides slid onto roads and power poles were toppled.
Sewer lines broke, contaminating the water supply. Some sections of roads were completely washed away.
But the authorities see it as a blessing in disguise, a golden opportunity to preserve Yosemite for future generations, and make it a more pleasant place to visit.