Cleanup on Schuylkill done in time for Dad Vail Regatta
|By Vernon Clark, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Friday and Saturday's competition comes after crews spent nearly a week clearing tons of debris along the Kelly and Martin Luther King Jr. Drives and from the swollen river itself.
"We've been working on the cleanup since the storm last week,"
The storm produced 4.81 inches of rain in
"We did a lot of sweeping of the trails and parking lots in advance of them setting up for the Dad Vail today," Focht said, adding that the work was completed Tuesday. "We had quite a bit of debris, trash, woody debris, tree limbs and branches, stuff like that."
Focht hailed workers from the
"Considering the severity of the storm, the staff responded admirably and had the thing well under control," Focht said.
The flooding also took a toll on the Fairmount Water Works.
The exhibits are designed to handle flooding, but the storm brought "a lot of mud, twigs, and other trash that gets washed in," she said.
The Water Works is expected to reopen early next week.
"We are looking at what our insurance options are," Rastrick said.
With more than 120 colleges and universities expected to participate, organizers of the 76th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta say they anticipate strong competition and lots of family fun.
"The competition is going to be very heated," said
As collegiate teams began to set up along the river Thursday, Focht was pleased.
"Our big focus has been on the
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