Philadelphia Pa- 9-16-99

The Philadelphia Area along with the rest of the Northeast States were hit with heavy rains from Hurricane Floyd and as a result of this storm, a new record was set in the City Of Philadelphia. for total rainful. The Phila. International Airport recorded almost 7 inches of rain, however in West Philadelphia a 12 inch rainful caused a storm flood which put into action an emergency response by both Philadelphia Police and Fire departments, something of which many responders have never seen in their entire career. Two nearby creeks reached flood stage after many hours of heavy rains, and within an hour, approx. 200 homes were affected with hundreds of people trapped inside.

The Philadelphia Fire Department at 1528 Hours struck Box 4916 for 80th & Buist Av and first arriving companies found 75 homes almost under water and a very short time later a 2nd Alarm was struck for additional manpower. During the next 7 1/2 hours a total of 21 Engine companies, 10 Ladder companies, 13 Medic units, 5 Battalion chiefs, Deputy 1, Car 2, and Rescue 1 all were put into action to rescue hunderes of people, some trapped on the 2nd floor from the raging storm waters. Even though 2 Alarms were struck with all of the special calls, there was a total of 5 Alarms of apparatus at this incident. All of the trapped were rescued by firefighters and police using boats from both departments.

Greg Masi
Phila.Second Alarmers