WAYNE, P.a. (WTXF) - It was a little after 9 a.m. Monday morning when Chas Phillip says everything in the basement of his home on the 100 block of Poplar Street in South Wayne was destroyed.
"The back door blew open and we had about four feet of water rushing into our basement," said Phillip. "Washer, dryer, bike, all my suits for work were down there in a portable wardrobe. All my wife's sentimental pics from college.”
Husband and father of two said both his and his wife's cars were lifted and started floating in four feet of water. Both of the vehicles now won’t start and are probably totaled.
His biggest worry at the time were his children only one and three-years-old.
"When water started rising in the basement, I didn't want it to hit the circuit box and an electrical fire to start. Then at that point I didn't know how we'd evacuate the kids," said Phillip.
Phillip’s neighbor, Meagan O'Donnell, says the water came through with such force, it took out the trees in her back yard and knocked down her fence.
"Honestly it’s like something I've never seen anything like it. It looked like what you see after a hurricane," said O’Donnell.
She was out with her three young children at the time and couldn't get to her home initially.
"Basically the home was an island. There was water on all four sides roughly two to three feet up," said O’Donnell.
Poplar Street turning into a raging river. Local resident Gale Morrison captured a port-a-potty and other debris floating down Poplar Street.
"This is the worst we've seen it. We bought in 2010 and this is the 7th time it's happened,” said Morrison.
In all the community hopes the township understands the concern is not about wet basements. It is about the safety of the residents.