Monday, October 4, 2010

Flooding in Philly

On Friday, October 1, Philadelphia received more than five inches of rain.  Although there was a great need for rain in the area, such a large and fast precipitation event caused extensive flooding along the Schuylkill river and Wissahickon creek resulting in closed roads and evacuations.  Morris Arboretum is situated on the Wissahickon Creek and the floodplain for the creek includes the front entrance of the Morris Arboretum.  Northwestern Avenue was closed during the morning and early afternoon (cresting around lunch time) which caused the Arboretum to be closed all day.  Amazingly, the water receded very quickly and by four or five o'clock in the afternoon, the road was accessible and the gates were open.

Enjoy a few pictures taken by Bob Gutowski of the Arboretum during the flooding.

The front gate area is flooded from Northwestern Avenue to the kiosk.

This image was taken toward the top of the hill, toward the wetland area.  You can see the Gemination Sequence sculpture near the center of the image.

A close up of the partially submerged Gemination Sequence statues.


  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. Cool unless you were responsible for cleaning up the aftermath...

  3. WOW...I tried stopping by at about 2 and the water was less than half of this!!!