PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Public works crews across the Delaware Valley are preparing for the arrival of severe weather and disturbances expected Monday.
It was sunny on Monday, but a storm is coming, threatening the region with heavy rain, strong winds and flooding. One area that is particularly vulnerable is a Southwest Philadelphia apartment complex in a low-lying area.
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During last year’s storm, everything was under water.
It was a sunny afternoon at International City Apartments in southwest Philly, but cars and homes were flooded during Hurricane Ida.
“Terrible, because you couldn’t even walk into your apartment,” said Vincent Purnell, a resident of the apartment complex. “And if you did, you had to take your shoes off because you didn’t want to spoil your shoes.”
Monday’s storm is not expected to cause the devastation that the storm did, but the Philadelphia Water Department is still working to address the risk of flooding. They used hydraulic cranes to clear debris from the catch basin at 78th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard.
“This is extremely important. If we don’t do this, the streets will be flooded or the houses will be flooded with rain,” said William Shields, supervisor for the Philadelphia Water Department.
The water department is checking 2,000 storm drains to ensure that no waste is blocking the flow of water.
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“We are very unique. Only New York and Philadelphia I know of use this particular equipment,” Shields said. “It is environmentally friendly and very efficient.”
On Maple Avenue in Pensokane, people from the Camden County Public Works Department used a shovel and broom to clear storm drains so as not to flood the road.
“We want the roads to be safe and the motorists and everyone else,” said Camden County Public Works Supervisor David Stout.
The crew has a piece of wood to grind down any tree limbs or branches that may have fallen on the road.
in public works department @camdencountynj Clearing debris from drains and fixing potholes before this afternoon’s thunderstorm. If any tree parts or branches fall on the road then their piece of wood is ready to go. pic.twitter.com/MZcD2QJbzz
— Madeleine Wright (@MWrightReports) 16 May 2022
The department has 40 people ready to deal with the flooded roads.
“Of course, we’ll try to see if we can flood the road and if not, we need to put up proper signage and warn people to flood the road and not enter,” Stout he said.
Experts say that you should never walk or drive through flood waters. The CDC says that more than half of flood-related drownings occur when a driver enters dangerous flood waters.
The National Weather Service says it takes just six inches of water for a man to sweep his feet and 12 inches of water to propel a car downhill.
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