Neighborhood Stories17 Aug 2011 04:15 am

After coming across this story about the Philadelphia Water Department’s efforts to divert more storm water out of the combined storm and waste water system (aka “the sewer”), we wondered if anyone else in neighborhood is experiencing the same issues as the South Philadelphia resident quoted in the piece:

For most people, the sound of an approaching thunderstorm might mean relief from the summer heat, water for the garden or a reminder to roll up the car windows. But for Kate Houstoun and her South Philadelphia neighbors, it has an entirely different meaning.

“We get a huge gush of storm water that comes in the front drain in everyone’s basement. And it can leave anywhere between 3 inches of combined sewer or maybe just rush in and rush out,” Houston says.

While it happens quickly, the aftermath is a challenge, especially for her senior citizen neighbors.

“It’s really tough for them to get into their basement and sop up the mess afterwards. I mean, I don’t like it, but it certainly breaks my heart to see older folks struggling with that, Houston says.

Share your stories with us either in the comments section of this blog post or on our Facebook page where we also linked to this story. The Water Department is one of the many groups that we’re hoping to have at a future Passyunk Square Civic Association general meeting. Mark your calendars now for the first meeting of the 2011-12 season – Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30PM at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (E. Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson St.).

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