Schuylkill River Flood

Remnants of Hurricane Ida

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Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana on Sunday, August 29 and then made its way north and east, hitting Philadelphia the late afternoon and night of Wednesday, September 1. Although we were expecting a lot of rain, Ida produced historic flooding and a number of tornados in the area. We rarely get tornados so even the small number that came through was unsettling to say the least.

One of the satellite campus for the university where Holly and I work was hit by a hurricane and sustained significant damage.

Fortunately, we were not affected by the storm. None of the tornados passed close to us and we’re on the 6th floor on an 11 story apartment building so we don’t have a basement that floods or a roof that leaks.

The day after the storm, a friend of ours suggested taking a look at the Schuylkill River which had flooded. Not only had it flooded but it was the highest level in 150 years. We live only about 7 blocks from the river so we were curious what it looked like.

I don’t have pictures from the exact same locations where I took pictures after the hurricane, but here are some photos from around the same place along the river at normal levels, including the boardwalk that was mostly submerged.

Here are the photos I took the morning after Hurricane Ida. I shot them all with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV using my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.

Schuylkill River Flood
Schuylkill River Flood
Flooded Truck
Flooded Truck

And here are a few photos of the river infiltrating the local neighborhood.

Schuylkill River Flood
Schuylkill River Flood

2 Responses

  1. Khürt Williams

    Egads! I had never imagined the Schuylkill being that high. Wow! We survived the great rain flood of 2021 but we have family that lost basements due to flooding. The water table in the Princeton/Montgomery Township area was so high and that water could seep right through basement floors and wall.

    • Tom

      I hope no one was hurt and they were able to clean up and fix everything. It was a lot worse than I thought it was going to be.

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