Watching, waiting and prepping

Low lying communities in the region are preparing for flooding.  The key is how much rain can the already saturated ground absorb.

Darby Borough Manager Mark Possenti said his staff takes precautions before the first drop of rain falls by cleaning out our storm sewer grates.

“The issue right now is from all the snow and the rainstorm we had last week the ground is saturated and it can only take a little bit from my understanding you only need about two inches of rain that could put us into a flood problem,” Possenti said.

Darby isn’t the only place watching and worrying.  Jane Lipton is head of the Manayunk Development Corporation.  She said the Schuylkill River overflowed its banks about five months ago.

“You get to some places down here along Manayunk where it’s half the width and the water starts to rise up very quickly and the water moves very quickly,” Lipton said.

Other areas in the region are also taking precautions.  The Delaware River near Trenton might not crest until Saturday.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal