During last week’s rains the Schuylkill River saw intense flooding, washing out flood-prone neighborhoods and submerging the Schuylkill River Trail and the new boardwalk under construction.
When the waters receded, the damage became clear: a washout that rivaled Hurricane Irene and wrought more damage that Superstorm Sandy.
“A lot of what the flood did was to move large amounts of gravel and sand… into the grass and obviously deposited a ton of mud,” said Zoe Axelrod, Program Associate at Schuylkill River Development Corporation.
Now Schuylkill Banks needs a hand getting the trail and plantings back into respectable shape. Volunteers rallied to work on the trail over the weekend, helping shovel, rake, and remove leaves and trash from fences and plants. There are two more opportunities to help this week:
Flooding is one of the reasons the Schuylkill River Trail exists, serving as a green buffer that helps absorb stormwater. Axelrod said that it appears that the new boardwalk under construction from Locust to South streets was unaffected by the high water, though it is still being inspected.
Ashley Hahn has written and edited Eyes on the Street since 2011. Since September 2015 she has served as PlanPhilly's managing editor. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. She holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home.