Hersheypark and Knoebels experience continued flooding – both parks closed July 25 and 26

The featured photo above is courtesy of Brenda Reppert, taken on the morning of July 25, 2018.

With severe thunderstorms passing through Central Pennsylvania overnight between July 24 and 25, both Hersheypark and Knoebels have experienced worse flooding after having to be closed on July 23.


Hersheypark closed due to Derry Township, the municipality the park is located in, having issued a disaster declaration related to flooding in the township. The Swatara Creek sharply rose after midnight from roughly 13.5 feet to over 16 feet as of 10:45am.

Hersheypark announced the park would not be in operation on July 25. Later in the afternoon, Hersheypark announced they will remain closed on July 26.

Pennlive.com posted a couple of videos of the flooding near Trailblazer and ZooAmerica.

There are also some aerial photos of Swatara Creek flooding the Pennsylvania Route 39 / Hershey Road bridge near the Giant Center. Below is one photo from July 25.

Derry Township Police also shared information on bridge and road closures in the township as of 1:30pm.

ZooAmerica posted about the status of their animals, which had been relocated on July 23. The zoo affirmed it remain closed on July 26.


Knoebels was experiencing similar flooding after operating till 7pm on Tuesday. Their announcement was through a video post on Facebook, with text on the post saying, “This one’s going to take some clean-up. We’re closed today, folks.” Later in the day they announced in a Facebook live stream that the park will be closed on July 25.

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