Since the heavy rains began to unload on Saturday in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, flooding has since become a result in some parts of the region, especially in southeastern Pennsylvania where some towns have now measured over a foot of rainfall. Maryland has also recorded impressive rainfall totals but not as many issues have arisen there. The jackpot total so far is in Dunkirk, Maryland — 16.55 inches has fallen.
Hersheypark, located just to the east of Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg, announced on Monday that the park will be closed for the day. They then opened Tuesday morning but shut back down on Wednesday and Thursday, tweeting this announcement, “Given the disaster declaration recently issued by Derry Township, Hersheypark will be closed today, July 25, for the safety of our guests and employees. Our team is closely monitoring this fast-moving storm system to determine its continued impact and will post updates here.”
Numerous portions of the park as well as the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania are currently underwater as excessive rainfall continues to come down. The Swatara Creek at Hershey is at major flood stage. Cresting at a level of 17.08 feet (as of 7:14am Thursday), this is the second highest water level ever recorded at the station and is the highest since the record crest of 26.8 feet from the fall of 2011.
Since the creek at Hershey has crested at about 17 feet, that makes this a 50-year flood event. That means there is a 2 percent chance of a flood of this magnitude to occur in any given year.
As a result, this creek has overflown its banks, spewing water into parts of Hersheypark.
Captured by The Wyse Choice from Hershey, Pennsylvania.