Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter inspected conditions in Eastwick around 4 p.m. this afternoon, as bands of Hurricane Sandy hit the area.
The announcement from his office says Eastwick "has experienced flooding in prior storms."
The administration, particularly the transportation and utilities and water departments, have been researching flooding and storm water management infrastructure in Eastwick recently at the request of city council. A hearing on the subject was held earlier this month.
The hearing came about as a result of other hearings related to Korman Residential's proposal to build 722 apartments in Eastwick near the airport and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug said at the October hearing that Korman would be required to improve the runoff situation in order to go forward. Flooding related to overflow of Cobbs Creek needs a federal fix, he said - a berm that would keep water in the creek as it rises. The city and Army Corps of Engineers have begun talking about this possible solution.
Residents maintain that until the flooding situation is remedied, it would be a mistake to put more residents in the area.
Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.
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