State Park Scarred by Floods One Year Ago

One year ago a state park in Sullivan County got hit by a tropical storm.

Floods took out a bridge, stranding campers for a day, and little did they know, the damage wasn’t done.

Worlds End State Park must have seemed like it was living up to its name this time last year.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread damage at the park near Forksville, but it did not prevent campers from coming back.

One look around Worlds End State Park near Forksville, and you can still see stark reminders of the floods one year ago. A bridge leading to nearly 20 cabins was all but destroyed in late August, stranding guests including Sue Landers for about a day.

“The creek we swim and have fun in turned into this raging river, and things were washing down and smashing into the bridge, waiting to see if water would breach the bridge,” said Landers.

Workers quickly put in an access road where the bridge used to be.

Video was taken by guests who watched as Loyalsock Creek tore through.

“It was pretty crazy. The hurricane was massive, trees were coming down, the bridge was being torn apart like twigs,” said Eli Zimmerman of Philadelphia.

It was only 10 days after Tropical Storm Irene came through and caused lots of damage at Worlds End State Park. Then Tropical Storm Lee came along, finishing the job. Ever since then, workers spent hundreds of man hours cleaning up what mother nature had undone.

“Irene and Lee were extreme, hopefully we won’t see them for a number of years. Lee was a 500 year flood, like to not see that for 500 years,” said Bill Kocher, Park Manager.

Believe it or not, Kocher said many of the guests who lived through those storms couldn’t stay away this year.

“A lot of them are back, are still coming back, enjoying it, saying some experiences during Irene and Lee were best experience at worlds end,” said Kocher.

Park officials expect to have a plan in place by sometime in September to deal with any potential flooding.

That includes dredging Loyalsock Creek to allow more water flow, and possibly a higher bridge access to those cabins.



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