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Flash Flood in the Pocono Mountains, Back to Business as Usual

  
  
  
  
  
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Flash Flood Causes Substantial Damage to Woodloch Pines Resort

Resort is Business as Usual, Guests Still Having Fun Despite Setback

As you’ve probably heard already, on Thursday August 21, 2014, Woodloch experienced an intense flash flood causing substantial damage to the indoor pool, kiddie splash zone, gift shop, bar, locker rooms, hallways and 28 guest accommodations. 

While the damage was extensive to the areas affected, those areas are just a small piece of the Woodloch experience.  While the cleanup and reconstruction project is already underway and moving at a breakneck speed the rest of Woodloch’s facilities are all running business as usual.  The outdoor pool, kiddie pool, hot tub and bar are open and being enjoyed without interruption and will remain so as long as the season will last, in addition to the dozens of activities, amenities and entertainment offered daily.  The immaculate waveless indoor pool, outdoor pool and kiddie pool at Woodloch Springs are open and available to all Woodloch guests.

“We’ve never experienced anything like this in our 56 year history.  Thankfully no one was hurt and our staff did a great job getting everyone to safety quickly” said John Kiesendahl, owner and CEO. 

The flood waters from the storm raged within minutes and thankfully everyone was evacuated safely and expeditiously. Guests displaced by the flooding have been relocated to our Woodloch Springs guest homes and other facilities on property. It’s business as usual across the resort.  Repair work to the damaged area has already begun, and Woodloch plans to reopen the building as soon as possible, bigger and better than before. 

Woodloch extends a tremendous thank you to the team for their extraordinary efforts and all Woodloch guests, family and friends for their concern, understanding and assistance through this unprecedented event.

Here’s some of the press clippings from the coverage of the storm in our area: 







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Every year we use the rooms that were affected, but we believe in you and we'll be back, as usual. As always the Woodloch family pulled together. Anything we can do, please ask.
Posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 4:06 PM by a06ocse@verizon.net
Sorry to read about your troubles. We are sure the Woodloch management and staff are all over correcting the damage. Looking forward to our visit in September. God Bless.
Posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 6:21 PM by Joe Affronti
Thoughts and prayers while Woodloch recovers. We know it will be an outstanding recovery since everything Woodloch does is done with care and finesse . See you soon.
Posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 8:02 PM by Dolores Hartel Margies
I am so sorry for natures crazy mood swing. You are in my prayers, and the prayers of my church. You will come out of this better than ever, because you are all such wonderful examples of kindness and family values. God Bless you all.
Posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 8:34 PM by barbara goldstein
So glad everyone was safe!!! It is amazing to see how everyone pulls together to help. Just shows how much Woodloch means to the families that go there. 
Posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:42 AM by the perros
So glad to hear that everyone is safe ....looking forward to being up there in a couple of weeks
Posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:47 AM by Jan Barone
Saw this on the local news in New York. Wasn't really paying attention as it was on in the background, but when I turned around and saw the exterior of the building, I knew exactly where it was.  
 
I am happy to hear that both staff and guests made it through the incident without injury (none were reported here, anyway). I am confident having been to Woodloch for 36ish years that the reaction to this tragedy will be swift and the damage will be repaired quickly and correctly. 
 
Keep up the good work, Woodloch, we'll see you in October like always.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:04 PM by Mike
We're just glad that all of our friends who work there are safe. Much like Joey, Woodloch Pines never stops. Zachary the Lifeguard wants the pool fixed so he can get his job back!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:26 AM by Bill Zontini
We're just glad that our friends who work there are safe. Much like Joey, Woodloch never stops! Zachary the Lifeguard wants the pool fixed so he can get his job back.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:36 AM by Bill Zontini
We are sorry to hear about the flooding 
Woodloch has been part of our family's 
Life for so many years !! Woodloch staff  
keep your spirits high and before you  
know it you will be up and running better than before !! God Bless All
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:25 AM by Sreckovich Family
Woodloch has been our family's resort  
for many years . Sorry to hear about the flooding with the crew at Woodloch 
we are not worried that you will be fully  
up and running in no time !!! God bless 
all !
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:33 AM by Sreckovich Family
I know you guys will recover quickly and get everything taken care of. If one resort can recover and repair quickly in a time of crisis, that would be you guys!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:37 AM by Ryan Freeley
I know you guys will recover quickly. I come here every October for the haunted hayrides. If any one can recover and repair quickly in a time of crisis, it would be you guys! You guys are the best!!!!!!!!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:41 AM by Ryan Freeley
So sorry to hear about this, but at the same time relieved that it is not worse. Its extraordinary to know that you guys are still open, but having experienced your hospitality, I am not surprised. Go Woodloch!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:29 PM by Saleem Padinharkkara
So sorry for the trouble nature has done to you. I bet those new areas will be beautiful once again
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:46 PM by Maureen Ronan
Your Woodloch family knows how hard you must be working to correct what Mother Nature unleashed. We remain with you, and if there is anything we can do to help, even if it is not our "week" at Woodloch, PLEASE let us know! 
 
WOODLOCH ROCKS!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:55 PM by Frances Herceg
We're so sorry to hear about this, but we're sure that Woodloch's class, caring, and efficiency will help it rebound quickly. Our special thoughts and prayers to you all.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:03 PM by Donna Zappulla
So happy to hear everyone was ok.We can always replace material things but not a human life. God bless us all.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:17 PM by Helene Romano
We are so sorry and sad to hear about this. When we saw it on the news we knew exactly where it was. We have been coming to Woodloch for over 25 years and there is no doubt in my mind that Woodloch staff did everything to make sure everyone was safe with their loving, caring and hospitality. Woodloch is the BEST! wouldn't vacation anywhere else.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:37 PM by Michele
Having gone through Hurricane Sandy we can appreciate what you are going through. We know you will come through even better than before!!! We look forward to seek you in late September. 
Thanks for all the wonderful past and future memories!! 
The Busching's
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:42 PM by The Busching's
After 30+ years of Woodloch hospitality I know John K and his staff will have the damage repaired in no time... and just in time for our family to celebrate our granddaughter's sweet 16th birthday the week of Sept 8th.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:46 PM by Art McKenna
Just heard this P.M. that you had flooding. Didn't blink an eye knowing full well you would handle it in your usual professional, thoughtful way caring for everyone. My friends and I look forward to seeing you all in October.You are in our prayers.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:03 PM by Veronica Nolan
This is so scary. What a blessing that no one was injured. Best wishes for a quick recovery from this challenge.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:06 PM by Nancy Sasso Janis
Hope that everything works out for  
you guys as I know it will. Delaney 
Knights of Columbus has you all in  
our prayers. Will pass the word to 
everyone about what happened. Talk 
to you soon. 
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:57 PM by Bob Yurasits
Sorry to hear of the damage caused by the flash flooding. Knowing Woodloch though things will go on despite what has happened. Thankfully all who were involved are ok.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:32 PM by Michelle
'devastated to hear about Woodlochs flooding but just kmow God will help our favorite resort recover. Glad your staff didn't lose their offices.Also nobody was injured is a blessing!!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:52 PM by Grace & Randy Till
It makes me so sad to see those beautiful rooms destroyed. I left Woodloch the week before but my heart is still there hoping that you are all ok! 
See you in October to give hugs!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:11 PM by Donna Appell
Glad to hear everyone came away safe. I know you'll do a great job getting your work done. Our family loves, loves Woodloch. Hope to see ya soon.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:47 PM by Bill Gennaro
So glad everyone one is okay. Where else but Woodloch 
Would the repairs already be under way!! We hope it is a speedy recovery and it will be better than ever!!!!love to all
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:33 PM by Janet Greene
We were so very sorry to hear about the Flash Flood last Thursday that caused so much damage to Woodloch. However, we were very happy to hear that no one was hurt and in true style Woodloch is still running like clock work thanks to their wonderful Woodloch Staff. You are all in our thoughts & prayers & we wish you all the best during the next few months with all of the repair work. Everyone at Woodloch is truly the Best!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 9:10 PM by The Solomon Family
The entire Neubauer family from California to the East Coast has Woodloch in our thoughts and prayers! If anyone can regroup in record time...it would be the Woodloch family. We send our best!
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:32 AM by Judith Neubauer Worsley
Sorry to hear of the damage done by all that water. Glad to know that no one suffered any injuries. I'm sure that everything is being done to restore Springbrook 3. Good luck & God bless you all.
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:04 PM by Marie Hublitz
My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary at Woodloch from July 21 to 25th along with 18 other relatives and we had a ball. 
We're sure you'll pick up the pieces and come back strong. 
Good Luck 
Bob and Pat Hannon 
Denville, NJ
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:00 PM by Bob and Pat Hannon
So sorry to hear of this terrible news hope all is well with your wonderful staff. We enjoy coming to our cousins reunion every year at woodloch pines. Is the main building up and running?
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:09 PM by Shirley Gati
Just heard the news, Good luck to Woodloch in getting things back to normal quickly... we know that John and staff are always up on everything going on.. its too bad this had to happen, but glad everyone is safe. Looking forward to our next visit.
Posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 1:19 PM by Gary and Veronica Andrews
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