September 2, 2021


As of 6 p.m. today, the Roxborough reception center site is closed.

West Philadelphia remains open.

September 1, 2021
La Ciudad abre
centros de acogida para los residentes afectados por los daños de la tormenta Ida y las inundaciones

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management is opening reception centers for people who may be impacted by storm damage, including flooding at their residence.

The announcement was made at a press conference discussing the City’s response to the severe storm affecting the region, including OEM opening the city’s Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response to the storm.

The reception centers will open at 7 p.m. tonight, September 1st, and remain through the duration of the storm event.

Reception locations are:

  • West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street
  • Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Avenue

A reception center is a safe location operated by the city and Red Cross where people can go to get out of harm’s way, receive information and guidance along with resources and basic necessities to those affected. Reception centers can transition to overnight shelters if needed.

People coming to the reception center should bring medications and prescriptions, electronic devices and chargers, change of clothing, toiletries, and important documents such as insurance paperwork. Pets are also welcome at city reception centers and overnight shelters.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, all individuals who are attending shelters including children under the age of 12, should use prevention strategies, such as wearing masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

The severe storm that is impacting the city is forecast to cause flash flooding as well as flooding on rivers and creeks. The National Weather Service Mount Holly has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Philadelphia.

It is expected that the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers will crest overnight and could approach flood stage. You can view river and creek levels at home through the National Weather Service River Observation webpage.

Flooding along waterways may cause road closures. People travelling in the city are urged to follow their trusted news source for road closure information as well as follow OEM on Twitter. As a reminder, never drive though floodwater or around barriers. Floodwater is murky, can be fast moving, and you may not know how deep it is.

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In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1.