Why do I get more information about our floods in the NYTimes than I get in my local papers? I didn’t know any buildings collapsed:
In Philadelphia, which lies between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, water levels in some areas were 15 feet above normal on Sunday and were approaching the 17-foot record set in 1869, said Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter.
The storm, which dumped at least six inches of rain on the city, caused the collapse of seven buildings, Mr. McDonald said, including a six-story structure just south of Center City. No one was injured, but 20 residents had to be evacuated. In one neighborhood on the Schuylkill, employees of the Mad River Bar & Grille watched the water inch up Main Street from their stoop until it became an island.
The bar’s general manager, Joe Decandido, 28, said his employees kept moving equipment and merchandise to higher ground but could not outrun the water rising in the basement. “You feel like you’re in the Titanic,” Mr. Decandido said. “It keeps rising, and there’s not much you can do.”