Philadelphia, PA area Storm and Flood, Oct 1869

pa philadelphia area storm and flood oct 1869


In Philadelphia---Immense Damage---Bridges Carried Away---Two Lives Lost.

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 4.---The water in the Schuylkill River is above all the wharves below Market-street. Lumber and coal are being carried away in large quantities. Six cars were carried away from the Pennsylvania Railroad track. The water extends from Twenty-fourth-street, east side, to Thirty-first-street on the west side of the river. The water has reached the second story of the Schuylkill Navigation stores, on the west side of the river. Twenty-four freight cars have been turned bottom up. Large quantities of lumber belonging to McILWAIN & BUCK have been swept away. The coal oil refinery of Mr. FRIES is damaged, large quantities of oil in barrels, &c., having floated off. Two small houses on the towpath were flooded to the second story. The tenants, with all their movable furniture, are located on the high ground back from the river, waiting for a fall in the river. The bank of the river from Bridge-street to the Locks, is covered with all kinds of merchandise, mules, horses, wagons, &c. The river itself presents an indescribable scene, parts of houses, canal boats, cattle pens, large tanks, barrels, furniture, &c., all jammed together with large rafters, boards, &c. The water interferes so much with the gas works, that in all probability there will be a short allowance of gas this evening.

Travel on the Norristown Railroad is suspended in consequence of water on the track.

There is considerable damage at Manayunk from the overflowing of the lower story of the mills, and carrying away of exposed property on the banks. Many empty canal boats have been swept down the stream.

The covered bridge at Manayunk was carried away about noon, and the wreck striking the towpath bridge, carried that away also. A canal boat capsized at Manayunk, and two boys were drowned. In this city, on Twenty-third-street, all the houses are flooded from Market-street to Callowhill, as well as all the property between that and the river. In many of the houses the occupants had to be taken out in boats. At the Gas Works the water submerged the retorts, causing great damage. At Norristown the water rose seventeen feet. The flood exceeds that of 1850. The damage will be immense.

Immense Rise of Water--Railroads Submerged--Southern Trains Delayed---Several Lives Lost.

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 4.---At Spring Mill, five miles below Norristown, the river has receded two feet from the highest point, which was over sixteen feet above the regular water mark, or two feet higher than the great freshet of 1852. The destruction of private property is immense.

A woman at Norristown, while endeavoring to secure floating timber, fell into the river, and two persons, a man and woman, while trying to rescue her, were drawn in the current, and the three drowned.

The Norristown Railroad is badly under water, as is also the Reading Railroad. A large force of laborers are on hand sufficient to repair any damage in a few hours after the water recedes. The coal trade will not remain idle more than two days, unless the mines are drowned out above.

The New York Times, New York, NY 10 Oct 1869