When we came to work on May 1st, we expected to see high water. There were HEAVY rainstorms on April 30th into May 1st. (In fact, the Philadelphia area saw what Mayor Nutter’s office has called the 7th worst rainstorm in the city’s recorded history. Areas along the Schuylkill River saw water levels even higher than those during Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.)
We are no stranger to flooding here at Newlin Grist Mill. We thought we knew what to expect…..
But when we came to work, we were met with silence. There wasn’t water flowing over our spillway water fall. Water wasn’t filling our fishing ponds. Water wasn’t overflowing the banks.
We quickly discovered that our dam, which provides vital water to our grist mill and fishing ponds, suffered a nearly 15-foot breach. This is a historic dam that was built in 1704. One that has operated the mill for over 300 years! We are currently assessing damage and trying to determine how to proceed.