Philly life returning to normal after flood

September 9, 2011 9:25:32 AM PDT
Some very motivated joggers and cyclists headed out along Kelly Drive in the East Falls section of Philadelphia on Friday morning, not allowing some residual flooding and sludge stop them from their workouts.

They managed to deal with muddle and slick spots in the roadways.

Ken Kress, of Glenside, said he considered taking the morning off, but "I took yesterday off and the day before. I can't to three in a row."

By 8:00 a.m. front-end loaders drove in around Midvale Avenue. Crews from the Streets and Sanitation Departments were sloughing, scooping, and dumping the thick layer of mud and muck that stuck to the roadway.

Drains were checked and unclogged while the Water Department hauled in their equipment to pump away the remaining floodwaters.

There was still some draining left to do in Manayunk, but Thursday's flood waters are cleared off Main Street. By this time the textile company G.J. Littlewood and Son has the flood plan down to a science and didn't report any damage to their plant.

"These guys know what to do and know the drill. We're doing it so short and so often we're getting good at it. We actually ran production during a flood!" said Richard Littlewood.

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