It’s the day after and like everyone else on the East Coast I’m whooped. Hurricane Irene was mostly a rain event here in Philly but there were some pretty strong gusts. Although it was said to be a hurricane I seem to think it was much more along the lines of a tropical storm. In any event it didn’t matter. This August has been the wettest on record for us. With the ground completely saturated the 5+ inches of rain we got made for a lot of wet basements.

Massive seventy foot tree down across the footpath in Pennypack Park.

Ours was no exception. Normally we don’t get much more than three or four towels full of water in the basement and that’s if it rains pretty hard. Last night was a game changer. We sprouted not one single big leak, but more like five or six small ones. They all were on the same side of the house, the side that faces the weather. We expected some water but we got a lot more than we anticipated. Luckily the basement is tiled so cleanup isn’t any big deal. We roll up the throw rugs and move everything vulnerable to the back room ahead of time. Even so controlling the constant flow was exhausting and a pain in the ass. But as usual we are lucky and we know it. Our small leaks are nothing compared to the devastation some people sustained. For that we are thankful big time. At the height of the storm I was scampering back and forth between a few neighbors homes as they encountered some flooding that they needed help controlling. Luckily the damage was minimal.

Pennypack Creek at flood stage. Normally about three feet lower at this spot.

The boy and I decided to take a ride through the neighborhood to check things out. Everything was in pretty good shape, mostly some trees knocked down. The real visual of the storm was when we stopped by Pennypack Creek. Pennypack Park is one of the biggest urban parks in the country. It snakes miles through the city and is a true Jem. The creek is normally only a few inches deep in most parts. Today it was a raging river. Millions of gallons of runoff have brought it to the top of its banks. It’s not something you see very often. Pretty impressive. I hope everyone else made it through Ok. Here are some pictures from the area:

Pennypack creek flowing at about ten miles an hour, maybe faster.

Nicky the boy checking out natures fury from the Pine Rd, Bridge over Pennypack Creek.

Another massive tree down, victim of Irene.



  1. terina says:

    Thank God, I understand that it could have been so much worse and I am so glad to hear everybody is all right. Glad people listened and prepared. We watch CNN for 29 hours straight and felt helpless that we couldn’t do anything. So I called everybody I could think of to make sure they got ready. Then I kept checking face book and text messages thru the night to make sure loved ones were ok.

  2. tania820 says:

    Patio drain clogged last night and the subsequent flood found its way into my den. In the dark and rain, I unclogged the drain and minimized the flooding damage to the den.

    Great photos of Pennypack park – it is my favorite running destination. Well, as soon as the cast comes off…

  3. Bob G. says:

    Yeah that downed tree would play hell with my daily bike ride through Pennypack if I still lived there, that’s for sure.

    Stay safe (and dry)

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