Hersheypark to Reopen Friday After Flooding Shuttered Park for 3 Days This Week

Flash flooding forced residents in the Hershey area to evacuate and prompted amusement parks to shut down for several days

Historic flooding from heavy downpours in central Pennsylvania caused evacuations from homes and forced Hersheypark amusement park to close for the third time this week.

Hersheypark announced Thursday afternoon it planned to reopen Friday at 10 a.m.

Hersheypark closed Thursday due to the "continued weather impact" in the area. The park went dark on Monday after heavy rain and flash flooding caused Spring Creek, which runs through the amusement park, to rise. It reopened Tuesday and was then closed again "for the safety of our guests and employees."

Knoebels in Elysburg also closed Thursday due to flooding. The park announced late Thursday plans to open most of the park on Friday. Some rides, games and food stands would not open Friday and Crystal Pool will remain closed for a week, the park said.


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Dauphin County officials called the flooding historic, the worst they've seen since Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

Firefighters helped evacuate people in a neighborhood near Hershey on Wednesday morning, and search crews have not been able to find a woman swept away Monday night while crossing the rain-swollen Conewago Creek near Elizabethtown.

Rainfall totals of up to 7 to 11 inches have soaked central Pennsylvania over the past week. Clearer weather is expected Thursday. 

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Officials warned residents from driving through or attempting to walk in flood water as just 6 inches of rushing water could pull a person of his or her feet.

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