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WATCH: The Schuylkill Is a Trash Heap After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods

Rushing, muddy brown currents have left islands of basketballs, branches, plastic bottles, and tires near Boathouse Row.


Trash gathered on the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row. / Courtesy: 6ABC

Following days of driving rain and flash floods, the Schuylkill River has turned into a kind of swirling trash depository.

The rushing, muddy brown currents on Tuesday left islands of basketballs, branches, plastic bottles, tires, and more near Boathouse Row.

Residents nearby told 6ABC the trash isn’t completely out of the ordinary following major rain.

“It’s a lot,” Carol Cunningham of Fairmount told the station. “It’s interesting that it’s predominantly plastic bottles; you’d expect the wood, but just the quantity of plastic is rather overwhelming,”

Speaking with CBS3, South Philly resident John Mink spoke of all the personal items that could be seen among the garbage.

“Gives a sense of how vulnerable people’s property is when we get all that heavy rain and flooding and how easily things can just get washed away,” Mink said.

Upstream, Manayunk residents and businesses were put on high alert yesterday for flooding. The river crested at 11 feet, but the levels are still above normal. Manayunk Development Corporation president Brendan McGrew told 6ABC that he started contacting local businesses after receiving flood alerts from the National Weather Service.

“Any outdoor furniture, things like that, they’ll move,” McGrew said. “It’s more to be aware for safety and staff and things like that.”

The Philadelphia Water Department says skimmer boats will begin clean-up after once currents are calmer, CBS3 reported.