My friend who lives on the Roxborough side of the river from my Gladwyne river dwelling friends sent me these photos after yesterday’s rain.
My friend reported that no one was hurt near where they live, although people did lose things like boats. She also remarked how fast the water came up and then how fast it went down – she said it was a real study in extremes.
But when people try to tell us including in Washington DC that climate change is hogwash all you have to do is look at these rain events.
Our back gardens and woods are incredibly soggy and there are water puddles. I never have had water puddles. There was just that much water.
I realized this morning that I actually probably could grow swamp azaleas and have them survive and thrive out back even though I don’t have a creek or a pond on my property.
Anyway I just thought I would share what is the majesty and force of Mother Nature . We need to respect her better.
This is being posted on Facebook and other social media outlets. Geoff Partridge has been missing for days. His family and friends are frantic.
Geoff Partridge has been missing since about December 5th from what I can piece together. And the only media that seems interested is Patch, Main Line Media News, and CBS Philly. Truthfully there is NOT much media on this and I can’t help but wonder why?
Geoff Partridge went missing in Lower Merion Township. Is Lower Merion not excercising all options to locate a missing and potentially endangered person? There is so little information available it’s kind of odd.
When I first saw the missing blasts crossing social media I shared because he came from the township I essentially grew up in and spent a lot of my adult life living in. He also just looked like a nice person. Kind of what motivated me to share about Anna Maciejewska when she first went missing. Life is short and precious and it costs nothing to pay it forward.
Then I read Geoff Partridge suffered from bi-polar depression and between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be really, really hard for anyone experiencing depression. It’s hard enough some years for any of us for any number of reasons. All I kept thinking is his poor family, not realizing at first I actually know his mother as she and I share mutual close friends.
After I first shared the missing post my friends contacted me to say thank you and to tell me I did know his mom. And as day after day goes by, I can’t help but wonder what is being said off of the record somewhere that this does NOT seem to be getting the media attention it should?
My friends from Gladwyne and many other residents are combing the area near where his car was found every day for hours. I have friends with boats on the river who live down on River Road and close by who have been searching. Even Philadelphia Search and Rescue has gotten into the act, so what gives in the Magic Kingdom that it just doesn’t feel like other than friends and neighbors have a sense of urgency?
Gladwyne, PA — Cadaver dogs from the Greater Philadelphia Search & Rescue Team joined the Gladwyne Fire Company Water Rescue Unit Sunday, December 9, searching for a missing Villanova, PA man. The man’s car was found Wednesday at 1:47 PM partially submerged in the Schuylkill River.
The car was submerged but the rear end of the vehicle was still showing when it was noticed….The LMPD’s working theory is that the man was washed from the vehicle by the fast flowing river’s current after the car plunged into the frigid water. The water temperature is low enough that a body could be submerged and unless found may not be spotted until the temperature rises in the spring….Roughly 27 persons, 3 dogs, and 5 rescue boats were employed for the search. The local team from Gladwyne Fire Company used two boats, the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue unit provided 3 boats. Detective-Sergeant Michael Vice of the Lower Merion Police Department oversaw the entire operation.
Ok seriously. Not trying to be critical of law enforcement but Geoff Partridge is someone’s son and husband and friend and so on. He matters. Please pay it forward and share this post or the others on social media.
Every once in a while I receive a comment that deserves it’s own post. I am about to quote one back and file it under ignorance is bliss.
I wrote a post about a story I saw in Phoenixville Patch on illegal dumping in Mont Clare. So I wrote a post . I write lots of posts, right? Also in this post I commented on a story in the Pottstown Mercury about kids who were swimming in the Schuylkill River. So I got this comment:
Well, Jes, yes I dared make a comment, and here is how I feel: telling me it is “none of my concern” to comment doesn’t quite cut it. Every year there are stories in the papers and on the news on a state, local, regional, and national level about kids and adults who don’t know enough about large bodies of water and who drown unnecessarily.
Bringing it more local the Philadelphia region and being more specific, there are enough stories about kids drowning in the Schuylkill, that so sorry, I can indeed and will comment.
The Schuylkill is a body of water that needs to be respected and is hardly a still pond or pool. There are currents and drop offs – wading can quickly enough become something else. So do I think parents shouldn’t let their kids swim in the Schuylkill? Yes.
And what happens when this no harm/no foul swimming/wading goes bad?
Check these stories about drownings in the Schuylkill (and this is just a random sampling):
“We’ve had no reports of missing persons. No one has made known to us that anyone is missing, and we’ve had no additional information,” North Coventry Police Cpl. Robert Malason said Thursday….”We don’t believe it was a hoax, because they were seen in the water by at least three separate groups,” Malason said. ….. Police theorize that the two teenage boys spotted in the river managed to get out of the fast-flowing waters themselves after jumping into the turbulent river from the Hanover Street bridge, something police say area youths do too often.
The report was that the two boys got into trouble right away, but managed to stop their ride downstream by grabbing onto large branches of a tree that had toppled close to the water, at least one witness told police.
The witness told police he shouted at the two boys to hang on, jumped on his bike and rode quickly to the borough police station for help. By the time emergency units arrived on the scene, the boys were no longer hanging onto the tree branches.
Police had to treat the incident as though they had been swept away and possibly drowned, and so the search that involved fire companies and other emergency workers up and down the river from Pottstown to Phoenixville began.
First responder activity is expensive to municipalities, and I have been told these water rescue operations and even if they go from rescue to recovery are even more expensive. And there is risk involved for these first responders, you can say it is their job, but if the situation can be avoided through common sense, why not?
People do drown in the Schuylkill River. And a lot of times the people drowning are kids. The Schuylkill River is also not the cleanest body of water. Check out this thing on PhillyRiverCast:
The Schuylkill River, like all working rivers, is not a pristine body of water and is subject to contamination from many sources and activities that either discharge directly, or enter the river during rain events.
Because rivers are vulnerable to such contamination, recreation in or upon any body of water has with it an inherent risk of illness and infection for the individual involved.
Despite the fact that it’s much cleaner than it used to be, the Schuylkill River may still deserve its reputation for being polluted – at least according to a report released March 22 that analyzes toxic chemicals discharged into all the river systems of the United States.
In Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill ranked as the third most polluted waterway in the state for cumulative toxic discharges and slipped under the wire into the 50 most polluted waterways in the nation, coming in at 49, according to the report releases by the environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment.
So commenter, pardon me for the disagree, but golly gee whillikers, swimming in the Schuylkill River ain’t what it is cracked up to be. Yes, for kids, it is a tremendous amount of fun (probably because they know they aren’t supposed to be in the river unless they are in a recreation area that has tubing and boating and similar activities), it is also dangerous. From currents to contaminants.
And if accidents like what happened to Logan Schweiter can happen in a creek, and every year you hear stories of drownings and near drownings in the Schuylkill River, why can’t people comment about this topic?
Sorry, but I think it is irresponsible to say wading or swimming in the powerful Schuylkill River outside a designated recreation area is just fine. I think it is an accident waiting to happen.
On a mountain biking trek last week, a Phoenixville Patch reader discovered a large garbage dump off a trail near 330 Lovers Lane in Mont Clare.
The trash pile is in an oblong ditch—roughly 35 feet deep and 50 feet across—and contains, based on one incomplete inventory, tires of various sizes, oil and anti-freeze containers, a toilet, a television, couch cushions, sheet wood, 2X4s, Gatorade and soda bottles, the seat of a car, and countless other discarded chemicals and plastics.
A narrow trail leads away from the ditch and to a small concrete parking space where a backhoe with a shattered windshield sits. The trail appears to be wide enough for the backhoe to drive up and down it, though the trail doesn’t appear to have been driven on recently.
The reader reported the dump to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection via an online form after he discovered it, but is yet to hear any word from the agency.
A commenter on the site is urging everyone to report this so it gets cleaned up. As in complain to the DEP and Upper Providence. I say report this to TV stations and ask for coverage to ensure it is not only cleaned up, but cleaned up correctly and completely.