• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Volunteer: Help Schuylkill Banks clean up flood damage

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:

  • Wednesday, May 7 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 10, 9:30am-Noon
    All are welcome, no registration necessary. BYO work gloves if possible. Meet at the Schuylkill Banks Center below the Walnut Street Bridge.

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. 

    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group
      Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley 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. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.


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