Six days of rain means flooding along the Brandywine River in Chester County

- On the Delaware Valley’s sixth day of rain, many are asking when will it end?

Soaking rains just haven’t quit. For people living in low-lying areas near the Brandywine River, the situation is worse.

With picnics, events and graduations planned, it’s going to be a water logged weekend.

The Chester County Senior Olympics were scheduled for Thursday at the Brandywine Picnic Park. But, Mother Nature had other plans.

“We were ready to open. We were ready to open this week. Everyone postponed until next week,” said Katelyne Phillips.

The picnic park is usually a serene event center for barbecues and weddings tucked along the banks of the Brandywine.

But, instead of greeting guests, workers are pushing water out. And, probably not getting much sleep.

“It will be a long weekend. So, I have babysitters on call. We’ll probably be down here 24-7,” Phillips said.

It means monitoring river levels around the clock and evacuating if need be.

“It just floods that quickly. It comes from upstream and we have to watch upstream to where it crested like 5 feet. We have about 2 hours for anything that’s in the way,” said Jeff Bernauer.

Down river about a mile, self-described river rat Larry Woodward spent the day moving his fleet of classic cars to higher ground. He’s been through the drill before.

“300 days of the year, it’s the most wonderful place in the world. And, five days a year, it’s usually hell. And, we just hunker down and get through it,” Woodward said.
 

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