Water Resources Study for Metropolitan Chester Creek Basin, Pennsylvania.
ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA PA
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The purpose of this Congressionally authorized study was to investigate solutions for the many water resources problems in the Metropolitan Chester Creek Basin in Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania. In compliance with local desires, the study was redirected from a comprehensive undertaking to a flood control and flood plain management effort. Periodic flooding has occurred since the Basin was first settled in 1643. The worst flood occurred on 13 September 1971. It flooded over 130 businesses and 730 homes, caused 26,138,000 in damages, and resulted in the loss of eight lives. Total average annual damages in the Basin are estimated at 720,300 in 1978 and projected to reach 1,199,000 by 2035. About 66 of the projected increase is due to increases in storm runoff from future land development of the upland areas. Over half of the damages occur in the older communities of the City of Chester, Upland Borough and West Chester Borough. The District Engineer has concluded that Chester and Delaware Counties and their municipalities should develop a flood plain management program for the Basin, and that they should establish a maintenance program to clear debris and sediment from under bridges across the Chester Creek and tributaries.
- Civil Engineering