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The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning

    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • photo by John Suvannavejh
      photo by John Suvannavejh
    • The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning
      The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning
    • The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning
      The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning
    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning
      The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning
    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • photo by Ashley Hahn
      photo by Ashley Hahn
    • photo by John Suvannavejh
      photo by John Suvannavejh
    • photo by John Suvannavejh
      photo by John Suvannavejh
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On Sunday Greater Philadelphia woke up to find damaged trees, spotty power, and cresting waterways left behind by Hurricane Irene. The Schuylkill River inundated parts of Manayunk, and Lincoln, Kelly, and Martin Luther King drives by early Sunday morning.

At 2 p.m. the river crested, rising to a level of 13.56 feet; enough to flood low-lying areas but mercifully short of the 15 feet that was predicted.

Yesterday Philadelphians gathered along Center City’s river crossings to survey the storm’s aftermath, and watched the Schuylkill’s muddy water rush past carrying debris. Schuylkill Banks was almost entirely submerged: There were stairs to nowhere, sunken benches, and street lamps poking out of the water.

At the new Penn Park, landforms held pools of stormwater.

Today the lowest points of Schuylkill Banks are still underwater but people are back walking and riding bikes along the river.

Today it’s the Delaware River’s turn to crest. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly issued a Coastal Flooding Advisory for the Delaware River through 5 p.m.,  coinciding with high tide.


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Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.



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