Dick and Ron “Buddy” Knoebel stand near a sign inside Knoebels Amusement Resort that depicts the level of waters during flooding since Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Although the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 came close to the 1972 water level, Agnes remains the most devastating weather event that has occurred at the park.

Editor's note: To read more of The News-Item's coverage on the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Agnes, see the left side of this page or view the e-edition of today's publication to view the entire 20-page special section devoted to the historic event.

RALPHO TOWNSHIP — A hundred-year event, which brought devastation and heartache to thousands of families in the region, just so happened to spur the equivalent of 100 years of generosity from the local community.

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