Update 3 p.m.
There is substantially less water at Kelly and Midvale than the day of Hurricane Irene flooding.
While the whole block of Kelly between Midvale and the Route 1 overpass is submerged, the grass island separating Kelly from E. River Road isn’t covered. On Midvale itself, the “shoreline” is about 20 yards further back from Irene levels.
There’s no police, crowd or microphones set up for Mayor Michael Nutter and Gov. Tom Corbett. In fact, it’s a familiar site to Fallsers. It’s more inconvenience than spectacle.
The Philadelphia Water Company has three trucks idling on standby, in anticipation of any problems. School kids walk up, look and then get back to their afterschool plans.
All is clear on Manayunk’s Main Street. The parking lots and entrances of Mad River and Manayunk Brewery, which are prone to flooding, are dry and traffic is moving well. On the lower side of Manayunk’s Main Street, Venice Lofts still has some minor flooding and cars in the outside parking lot have been moved up the street. However, no one has been evacuated from the building.
Update 8 a.m.
The Schuylkill had already breached the wall along Kelly Drive between Midvale Avenue and the Route 1 overpass. A police officer surveying the scene said he expected the river to crest just in time for the afternoon rush hour.
The Wisshickon is also rising, and minor flooding is being reported at Venice Lofts in Manayunk.
Plan accordingly, commuters who already braved a messy morning rush. Think of this poor duck braving the current when you start feeling bad about your driving predicament.