HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- Heavy downpours are soaking parts of central Pennsylvania, causing evacuations and forcing an amusement park to close for the second time this week.
Hersheypark announced it will be closed. The park closed Monday after heavy rain and flash flooding caused Spring Creek, which runs through the amusement park, to rise.
Given the continued weather impact in our area, Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, and the Hershey Entertainment Complex will be closed Thursday, July 26. We will continue to post updates via social. Summer tickets are valid through Sept. 30. Guests may also email firstname.lastname@example.org— Hersheypark (@Hersheypark) July 25, 2018
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.— Hersheypark (@Hersheypark) July 25, 2018
There is a high risk for excessive rainfall producing #flooding through tonight across much of central and eastern Pennsylvania as well as portions of New York and Maryland. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected in these areas, with locally higher amounts possible. pic.twitter.com/hJnK5bE9A8— NWS MARFC (@NWSMARFC) July 25, 2018
Flash flooding forced emergency services in Hershey to evacuate some people from Sunset Drive Wednesday. More than a handful of roads also are closed where their bridges cross Swatara Creek. The creek is swollen following days of heavy rain.
Forecasters say heavy showers and possible thunderstorms will continue through the day. That rain could only make the situation worse.
Flooding from a creek also forced officials to close Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg.