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Hersheypark and Knoebels closed on July 23 due to localized flooding

On Monday, July 23, 2018, both Hersheypark and Knoebels announced they would not be operating for the day due to localized flooding. These announcements were made prior to both parks opening for the day.


The level of the creek began to rise fairly early in the morning, prompting the closure. Later in the day, Hersheypark did announce they intend to reopen on Tuesday, July 24, though ZooAmerica will remain closed.

Various pictures of the flooded Spring Creek were posted throughout the day, showing the flooding in the park. With the park intending to reopen on July 24 (aside from ZooAmerica), it seems that little in the park has been disrupted, aside from having to close on July 23. ZooAmerica provided an update about the status of their animals.

This, of course, is not the first flood in the history of the park. The most notable floods occurred in 1972 and 2011.

There was also a funny cartoon, by Bill Dussinger.


Knoebels took some preventative care themselves, deconstructing their historic carousel and putting it into storage in the event that flooding got worse.

On the morning of July 24, Knoebels announced they would have limited operations at the park, but they would be open. More rain is expected to fall in Central Pennsylvania throughout the week.

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Harry Michelson View All

I have a wide variety of interests, from sports to politics, music to Star Trek. I write about the history of amusement parks on my website, The Amusement Parkives, which I founded in 2016.

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