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Anyone got a raft?
Tropical storms have battered the Philadelphia region before, but Wednesday’s visit from Ida brought a rare disturbance to downtown Philly, leaving the Vine Street Expressway completely submerged in brown floodwaters from Broad to 22nd Street.
The highway has flooded before on a smaller scale. In August 2004, the sump pumps that serve I-676 through Center City malfunctioned and caused the roadway to flood after a major storm, according to the Daily News. But water levels creeping up to the overpasses? Not an everyday sight.
Check out these photos and videos of the flooded expressway and other areas around the Schuylkill River by photographer Mark Henninger.
View of I-676 traveling west from Center City to the Schuylkill
Flooded I-676 traveling east
High water levels around 30th Street Station