Community Alert about Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Warning Flags

Hurricane Sandy is predicted to roll into Philadelphia this Sunday, October 28.  Flood-prone Eastwick is among the areas expected to be impacted by severe flooding, as this superstorm hits at the convergence of a full moon, high tide, and heavy rain.  Darby Creek and Cobbs Creek could overflow their banks, affecting thousands of residents living nearby.

Local District #2 Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has issued a community alert about Hurricane Sandy, urging Eastwick residents who live in flood-prone areas to prepare to stay with family or friends, in case of evacuation.

Residents are urged to check the Philadelphia City Emergency Management website, www.phila.gov/ready Review evacuation routes.  Clear drains of leaves and debris.  Stock up on spare batteries and keep a portable radio handy for news alerts.  Fill-up the bathtub for water supply.  Keep cell phones charged, and plan for power outage that could last a while.

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Thank you for your support Senator Williams!

State Senator Anthony H. Williams

State Senator
Anthony H. Williams

The Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition would like to thank State Senator Anthony H. Williams for sending the following letter to Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson stating that he he is against the proposed development by The Korman Company, (New Eastwick Corporation) in Eastwick until the city can “assess the consequences for the community.” Read the letter in its entirety.

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Eastwick Resident, Terry William’s Letter Published

The following letter to the editor appeared October 15, 2012 as the last letter in the Philadelphia Daily News Opinion Page

Eastwick gets attention

Terry Williams Testifies at Council Hearing

Terry Williams testifies to City Council while Leo Brundage (left of Williams) and Brice Baker (far left) await their turn.
(Photo: Karen Pilling)

Thank you to Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his fellow Council members for giving residents of the Eastwick community in Southwest Philadelphia a long overdue opportunity to voice concern over flooding in our neighborhood and a proposed plan to develop more than 120 acres of remaining green space.

The ordinance, if approved, would give the Korman Company the green light to construct more than 700 rental units and parking spaces on 35 acres, a move that could exacerbate flooding for current residents, put new residents in harm’s way, and create additional environmental hazards in the neighborhood and abutting the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Remaining land would be used for future – as yet unspecified – airport uses.

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Eastwick Residents Make Their Voices Heard

Crowds gather for City Council hearing on Eastwick Flooding Problems

Crowd gathers for City Council hearing on Eastwick Flooding Problems (Photo: Karen Pilling)

Yesterday a crowd of  over one hundred Eastwick residents and supporters gathered at City Hall to testify to rampant flooding and toxic run-off from Super Fund sites, something that they say has gone on way too long.

The hearing was held by City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.  Also in attendance were Councilman-At-Large James Kenney, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and  Representative Maria Donatucci. Testifying at the hearing were Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler and Water Commissioner, Howard Neukrug, subject matter experts and a dozen residents of  the Eastwick community.

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