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July 27, 2018

Knoebels, Hersheypark open for weekend after days of severe flooding

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The Great Bear ride at Hersheypark.

Two popular Central Pennsylvania amusements are back in business.

Knoebels and Hersheypark, closed most of the week due to severe flooding, were open Friday even as the forecast called for more heavy rains during the late afternoon and night.

Knoebels, in Elysburg, said about 96.5 percent of the park was open. It named a couple rides and food stands that would remain closed. In addition, it said its Crystal Pool would be closed for about a week.

Torrential rains swept across the central Pennsylvania beginning last weekend, with much of the state under a flash flood watch Monday through Wednesday.

Knoebel's, which had its Christmas in July celebration scheduled this week, was closed Monday, then reopened Tuesday, only to be closed again Wednesday and Thursday as it cleaned up.

The sun looks to shine on Saturday and Sunday, with a high near 82 both days, according to the National Weather Service.

About 40 miles to the south, Hersheypark also was open Friday, after being closed most of the week. Floodwaters had submerged parts of the park.

More than 60 rides and attractions will be operational, the park said on Twitter.

Another dose of heavy rain was expected Friday afternoon, with a flood warning still in effect through 7 a.m. Saturday. Sunshine moves in for the day on Saturday and Sunday.

It posted the video below on Friday morning:

Both parks are open till 10 p.m. Friday.

Hersheypark has said that summer tickets are valid through Sept. 30 and is asking concerned guests to email them at hersheypark@hersheypa.com until they reopen.