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Knoebels flooding

Patripman Patripman Profile

Posted:
9/7/11 at
10:35:55 PM

If anyone is interested go to Youtube and search "Knoebels flooding 2011". They have a video shot from today, not a pretty sight.

Patripman

Re: Knoebels flooding by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/8/11 12:12:28 AM

Luckily there wasn't any serious damage to the rides and buildings.

Re: Knoebels flooding by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/8/11 11:01:58 AM

Me and the kids where there 2 weeks ago. They had photos from the 2005 flood posted on a board. As we were looking at them I was thinking it would be a long time before that happens again. I guess I was wrong.

Re: Knoebels flooding by sparky sparky Profile at 9/8/11 11:54:42 AM

Knoebels posted on their FB page that damage was extensive and that the park will not be open this weekend.

Re: Knoebels flooding by KevinReid KevinReid Profile at 9/8/11 11:58:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS-RcxRaFqQ

Wow! above is the link.

Kevin

Re: Knoebels flooding Photo Icon by drachen drachen Profile at 9/8/11 12:02:21 PM

Hersheypark is in bad shape too.

Comet Hollow is completely flooded. You can see it in the first picture at the link below.

They even had to kill two bison in Zoo America to keep them from drowning. There was no way to save them. Crazy stuff. User Submitted Picture

Central PA Flooding

Re: Knoebels flooding by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/8/11 7:19:12 PM

Heh, what's a little water to Knoebel's!

I've always been amazed at the "flood height" signs they have placed in the park over the years, and this episode may be right up there (no pun intended).
New sign coming!

I have wondered how in hell they ever get back running after picturing in my mind exactly how much water, moving water, those signs refer to.

But the good crew of Knoebel's always get back to business and in very quick fashion.
I expect the same this time.

I have every confidence I will be having fun at PPP this year.
That's one month from today. I just know things will be Phlying by then (if not a lot sooner!).

Mike B.

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Re: Knoebels flooding by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/8/11 7:30:10 PM

> Hersheypark is in bad shape too.

> Comet Hollow is completely flooded. You can see it in the
> first picture at the link below.

> They even had to kill two bison in Zoo America to keep them
> from drowning. There was no way to save them. Crazy stuff.

That is so horrible! It's crazy how the actual hurricane didn't do nearly as much damage as anticipated but the subsequent flooding has devastated regions that normally don't get much flooding. Poor bison :~(

Jen

Re: Knoebels flooding by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 9/8/11 9:11:15 PM

I totally agree, very sad to hear about those bisons being killed.
On a weather related note, how was KD a few weeks ago? THe sunday of Hurricane Irene, I saw the KD sign from I-95 stating the park was closed for the day.

Re: Knoebels flooding by Patripman Patripman Profile at 9/8/11 10:06:50 PM

It is not looking good anywhere from York Pa through upstate New York. When you hear about evacuations by the tens of thousands it brings back memories of 1972 Hurricane Agnes. I remember standing along the Yough river in Mckeesport Pa watching the river move up into town by a foot every half hour. The one problem facing east central Pa is the fact that it is very hilly and water rolls down the many smaller creeks and streams that lead to the bigger rivers. This flooding when said and done will affect at least 8 states and it's still on going possibly through the weekend.

Patripman

Re: Knoebels flooding by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 9/8/11 10:09:00 PM

> Heh, what's a little water to Knoebel's!

> I've always been amazed at the "flood height"
> signs they have placed in the park over the years, and this
> episode may be right up there (no pun intended).
> New sign coming!

> I have wondered how in hell they ever get back running
> after picturing in my mind exactly how much water, moving
> water, those signs refer to.

> But the good crew of Knoebel's always get back to business
> and in very quick fashion.
> I expect the same this time.

> I have every confidence I will be having fun at PPP this
> year.
> That's one month from today. I just know things will be
> Phlying by then (if not a lot sooner!).

> Mike B.
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Sorry to inform you of this but it is not just a lttle water this time!That is what I thought at first until I seen all the photos.There is MAJOR DAMAGE to the park and lots of the rides and buildings.Very sad to see.They may need a year or two to recover from this one!

Re: Knoebels flooding by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/9/11 12:06:59 AM

Damn. Earlier I didn't know that the Knoebels damage was that serious because of a dumb post saying that the damage wasn't severe. Next time I'll wait a lil' and see how things play out. Hopefully they'll recover as soon as possible.

Re: Knoebels flooding by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/9/11 1:00:01 AM

> Damn. Earlier I didn't know that the Knoebels damage was
> that serious because of a dumb post saying that the damage
> wasn't severe. Next time I'll wait a lil' and see how
> things play out. Hopefully they'll recover as soon as
> possible.

Those pics are from the current flood. The damage may have not been as extensive the first time around with Hurricane Irene but after this last flood it looks like it did them in. I should have gone earlier this year, I was waiting for the fall with the hope Black Diamond would be up but I'm sure that's not going to happen now.

Here's a story on the parks and it mentions what happened to the poor bison.

http://behindthethrills.com/2011/09/tropical-storm-lee-floods-knoebels-and-hershey-park/

Jen

Click on the link on the bottom of the article to look at the pics Knoebels put up on their FB page to see the extent of the damage

These were put up today:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=pu.207828210550&type=1

Devastating doesn't even begin to describe it.

Here's some more of Hershey:
http://perezsolomon.com/2011/09/08/hershey-park-flood-pics/

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Re: Knoebels flooding by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/9/11 8:10:22 AM

> Heh, what's a little water to Knoebel's!

> I've always been amazed at the "flood height"
> signs they have placed in the park over the years, and this
> episode may be right up there (no pun intended).
> New sign coming!

> I have wondered how in hell they ever get back running
> after picturing in my mind exactly how much water, moving
> water, those signs refer to.

> But the good crew of Knoebel's always get back to business
> and in very quick fashion.
> I expect the same this time.

> I have every confidence I will be having fun at PPP this
> year.
> That's one month from today. I just know things will be
> Phlying by then (if not a lot sooner!).

> Mike B.

> chitlins73 wrote:
> Sorry to inform you of this but it is not just a lttle
> water this time!That is what I thought at first until I
> seen all the photos.There is MAJOR DAMAGE to the park and
> lots of the rides and buildings.Very sad to see.They may
> need a year or two to recover from this one!

Um, what led you to think that I thought it was "just a little water this time?" Reread what I wrote, paragraph's one and two.

I'm still confident in Knoebel's attitude and crew. So far the park is admitting to only being shut down this weekend. Perhaps it will go another weekend, but I would be surprised if they don't open by at least end of Sept.

And a year (or two!) to recover?
Not even conceivable.

Mike B.

Re: Knoebels flooding by Patripman Patripman Profile at 9/9/11 5:40:09 PM

I would say they would be ready for PPP and the Covered Bridge Festival, which is one month away and the following weekends that they are advertising as haunted park days. The Covered Bridge Festival is their biggest weekend with the campground booked solid with people who travel many miles for the event. I would say if they open there maybe some things not operating but if you look at that weekend they already have limited operations.

Patripman

Re: Knoebels flooding by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 9/9/11 6:09:08 PM

What I meant when I said it would take maybe a year or two to recover is getting everything back to normal and in operating condition.Sure,the park may open but lots of the rides and area had major damage!I am not sure if some people on here have seen the aftermath photos on facebook or not but the extensive damage was clear to see.Knoebels will not look the same for a while!!

Re: Knoebels flooding by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/9/11 10:31:54 PM

> What I meant when I said it would take maybe a year or two
> to recover is getting everything back to normal and in
> operating condition.Sure,the park may open but lots of the
> rides and area had major damage!I am not sure if some
> people on here have seen the aftermath photos on facebook
> or not but the extensive damage was clear to see.Knoebels
> will not look the same for a while!!

Remember tho, Knoebel's doesn't have to "come back" as far as other parks (especially the big themers).
The place is rough around the edges in the best of times.
And we love that!

Mike B.

Re: Knoebels flooding by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/12/11 10:00:51 PM

Check out the photos on their FB page - making a lot of progress (will have to copy and paste):

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Knoebels-Amusement-Resort/207828210550?sk=photos

Jen

Does anyone know how to post a link so it is clickable when there are characters that won't let it go through if you just copy and paste?

Re: Knoebels flooding by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/13/11 1:26:51 PM

> Jen

> Does anyone know how to post a link so it is clickable when
> there are characters that won't let it go through if you
> just copy and paste?

Use the boxes at the bottom of your post's page.
One for the URL (simple copy/paste worked fine) and then make up a title.

Those photos are jaw dropping and yet inspiring!

Mike B.

Knoebel's flooding pics

Re: Knoebels flooding by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/13/11 1:28:16 PM

I never even noticed those boxes LOL!

Thanks!

Jen

Re: Knoebels flooding by Patripman Patripman Profile at 9/13/11 8:45:56 PM

I can tell you the Knoebels people were ready, this is not their first flood. The one thing they want to concentrate on is getting the park and other affected areas ready for the fall events. For those of us who have been going to PPP for years we know the park operates in a limited fashion so my thoughts are they are concentrating their efforts to the rides they plan to keep open. Now this doesnt mean they are not working on other things but the focus right now is to get the rides and the areas where the craft fair is located ready. It looks like they maybe in for some favorable weather the next few weeks, which should help.
I dont want to just talk about Knoebels because that part of Pennsylvania got nailed. Whole sections of Bloomsburg, Danville, Sunbuy, Shamokin Dam etc have share of problems with many people losing everything. The best thing right now from an economic standpoint is to get Knoebels and other areas open for business.

Patripman

Re: Knoebels flooding by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/14/11 7:58:12 AM

> For those of us who have been going to PPP
> for years we know the park operates in a limited fashion so
> my thoughts are they are concentrating their efforts to the
> rides they plan to keep open. Now this doesnt mean they are
> not working on other things but the focus right now is to
> get the rides and the areas where the craft fair is located
> ready.
> Patripman

Bernard,

I was surprised/dismayed to see the state of the Scooters!*
That rusty floor...let's hope they can oil it up nicely and get that ride running for PPP. It's probably #2 on a lot of "our" ride lists during PPP weekend (let's not argue over whether #1 is Phoenix or the Flyers!).

Mike B.

* the iconic Lusse Bumper Cars

Re: Knoebels flooding by Patripman Patripman Profile at 9/14/11 5:55:11 PM

What you see I think is not rust but scum left from the flood waters. I doubt metal rusts that quick, the water was in and out of the park in a matter of hours.
As for number 1 it is the Flyers. The Phoenix is the signature ride for the night but unless it is running at it's peak it is just another coaster in my book.

Patripman

Re: Knoebels flooding by Mikey_Mad Mikey_Mad Profile at 11/20/11 1:50:23 AM

Another mark on the "Flood Tree".

Mikey Mad

Re: Knoebels flooding by MABrider MABrider Profile at 11/21/11 7:56:56 AM

> Another mark on the "Flood Tree".

> Mikey Mad

Yes, and I'm sure I am not alone in being amazed at the fact that this 2011 "mark" is the second highest.

Mike B.