|IVAN'S WRATH HITS HERSHEYPARK|
|THE WRATH OF IVAN:|
The remnants of Hurricane (or more fittingly, Tropical Storm/Depression) Ivan came rumbling up the eastern seaboard and through Pennsylvania on Friday, September 17th and through the night ending on Saturday, September 18th, leaving nearby streams, creeks and rivers over their banks.
Spring Creek, the nice little stream/creek that runs through the lower sections of the park swelled leaving a tremendous pond of muddy water flowing through the lower elevations within the park. Parts of rides were under water, walkways covered, everything looking like it was in the middle of the creek itself.
The park re-opened the next day. I heard reports that the Comet was stopped on the lift hill and people had to be evacuated, I don't know if this was related to the flood or not, sooperdooperLooper had a line filling the entire queue and extending out onto the midway because supposingly of the Comet being closed, the Paddleboats were out of service and all the water rides were shut down.
I've included some photos of the flood taken by several sources that I've found online:
Great Bear and Comet Hollow under water.
Great Bear under water again. Notice the bridge peeking out of the water.
Trailblazer's final helix. Notice the bottom of the helix is completely under water.
Pioneer Frontier under water. Storm Runner seemed to manage to stay above water (except the some of the supports which are partially underneath the water).
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