Eastwick has been plagued with flooding issues for many years. Eastwick is one of the lowest areas in Philadelphia so water can often collect. Cobbs and Darby Creek come together and bring forceful water upstream, causing water levels to rise in the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) and the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) are leading the coordination to align City, State, and Federal efforts to improve community well-being in Eastwick.
A variety of engagement events have taken place with Eastwick residents and OOS and OTIS are pleased with the turnout. During engagement events residents have expressed frustration with how long it is taking to see a resolution. Studies have been taking place for years but residents haven’t seen anything that will prevent flooding. Some residents believe that the best solution is a buyout program while others are more focused on creating a levee.
Going forward the city will continue to weigh pros and cons and conduct studies on the different solution options. In the meantime OOS and OTIS will focus on short term solutions and an early warning system from FEMA. The early warning system would direct residents where to move their cars and where to evacuate to. The city is looking into whether it would be best to alert residents with a call, text or a siren.
To get involved email Eastwick@phila.gov You can join the email list and receive updates about upcoming meetings.