Nasty storms leave behind plenty of damage in Delco

Tim Jimenez
August 08, 2019 - 8:23 am
The Springfield Swim Club is a muddy mess this morning. The Darby Creek flooded yesterday and this place was underwater.

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SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Another round of powerful summer storms flooded roads and knocked down trees and power lines. There's a lot of cleaning up to do in Delaware County, where Wednesday's severe storms rolled through.

One sign of damage is at the Springfield Swim Club, near Darby Creek. When the creek rose, the swim club flooded. The pool area was filled with muddy water, the swings at the playground were submerged, and the parking lot was a lake Thursday morning.

"Unfortunately one of our dumpsters floated again, just like last year," said Jim Ryan, one of the managers there.

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The flood waters have receded, but  there's mud everywhere. It's on the floor of the offices and covering up the basketball court.

Ryan says cars belonging to three staff members were under water, but no one was hurt.

"The big thing for us is making sure that everybody’s safe," he said.

The plan is to drain the pool and start again as fast as possible.
Crews spent the morning pumping the mud- and silt-infused brown water out of the offices. Ryan says they're working as hard as they can to clean things up and reopen. It's just not clear how long that will take.

more damage could be seen at the Giant supermarket in Broomall, where a huge sink hole opened up in front of the store Wednesday.

It is blocked off now, but when it opened, a minivan was there and became stuck.

At the Giant supermarket in Broomall, a huge sink hole opened up in front of the store.
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In Havertown, the storm left Winfield Drive looking more like a river than a street. 

Susan, out with the dogs Thursday morning, said the flooding happened fast.

"I talked to a neighbor and she said she literally went to move her car, came back and everything was under water. It happened that quickly," she said. "I'd say three or four feet. Cars were under water, yeah, for sure. And people on the block were drying out their cars, pumping water out of their basements."