Nutter Says Rainstorm is 7th-Worst in City History

Schuylkill crested higher than during recent hurricanes.

Mayor Nutter says the city is now recovering from the seventh-worst rainstorm in its history. NBC 10 reports:

“The Schuylkill River crested at 13.91 feet. That is actually higher than the Schuylkill was during Hurricane Irene and higher than Superstorm Sandy,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a press briefing on Thursday.


The city broke a rainfall record on Wednesday after 4.81 inches of rain was recorded at Philadelphia International Airport, the National Weather Service said. The previous record for April 30 of 3.29 inches of rainfall was set back in 1947.

Police took 3,000 calls in 24 hours, officials said, most of them related to the storm.

Related: Photos and video of Schuylkill flooding.

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