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Hersheypark, Knoebels, Area Roads Close After Historic Flooding

Thu July 26, 2018 - Northeast Edition
Emily Buenzle


Knoebels was also closed for much of the week due to flooding, but park officials said they hope to reopen by July 27, the York Daily Record reported.
Knoebels was also closed for much of the week due to flooding, but park officials said they hope to reopen by July 27, the York Daily Record reported.
Knoebels was also closed for much of the week due to flooding, but park officials said they hope to reopen by July 27, the York Daily Record reported. Hersheypark closed for the first time on Monday, July 23, reopened July 24, and then closed again July 25 and 26 thanks to flash flooding caused by Spring Creek, which runs through the park, NBC Philadelphia reported (Photo Credit: NBC Philadelphia) With rainfalls topping 7 to 11 inches over five days in central Pennsylvania, roads, bridges and local attractions have seen the effects of flash flooding. (Photo Credit: CBS Philly)

With rainfalls topping 7 to 11 inches over five days in central Pennsylvania, roads, bridges and local attractions have seen the effects of flash flooding.

As of Thursday morning, the following roads were reported closed, according to PennLive:

  • PA 443 eastbound between Exit US22/US322 West and Firehouse Road
  • PA 443 in both directions between Mumma Road and Appleby Road
  • PA 325 in both directions between Peters Mountain Road and Carsonville Road
  • Manada Bottom Road in both directions between Moyer Road and Furnace Lane
  • Route 39 eastbound between Allentown Boulevard and Park Boulevard and Hershey Park Drive
  • Canal Street / Union Deposit Road in both directions between Hershey Road and Sandbeach Road
  • Park Boulevard and Hershey Park Drive and Allentown Boulevard
  • Route 743 in both directions between Laudermilch Road and Hersheypark Drive and Allentown Boulevard

Check back here for updates on local road and bridge damage, and repair plans as they are announced.

Local Amusement Parks Closed

Both Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., and Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa., have been closed due to historic flooding. Hersheypark closed for the first time on Monday, July 23, reopened July 24, and then closed again July 25 and 26 thanks to flash flooding caused by Spring Creek, which runs through the park, NBC Philadelphia reported.

“Our team is closely monitoring this fast-moving storm system to determine its continued impact on our region, guests and employees – including impacts to roads, bridges and highways leading to the park,” said Hersheypark in a recent Facebook post.

Knoebels was also closed for much of the week due to flooding, but park officials said they hope to reopen by July 27, the York Daily Record reported. One hundred fifty employees have already begun the cleanup process.

Take a look at this video of the waters coursing through the resort: