"We were preparing for an evacuation. The good news is the storm went to the north," says Dennis Frye of Harpers Ferry National Park.
But with the winds causing unusually strong water currents and the rain filling up the river banks, the storm gave locals quite a scare.
"If both rivers go up our town rivers go under," Frye said. "It goes way under deep under the rivers."
Despite the storm, the park along with the stores and markets are already up and running. Still, no one seems to be taking this close call for granted.
Frye says the last time Harpers Ferry had a similar rain storm was back in 1996.
"It's great to be back to work and buildings are intact. And we don't have to worry about evacuations and visitors can come back and visit us now," says Autumn Cook of Harpers Ferry National Park.