Girl Falls Down Sewer In SW Philadelphia

There are 111 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Apr 21, 2008, titled Girl Falls Down Sewer In SW Philadelphia. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

Authorities said Monday a 12-year-old girl fell down a sewer in southwest Philadelphia.

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Since: Apr 08

Pennsville, NJ

#1 Apr 21, 2008
Hundreds of manhole covers have been stolen in this area. Plywood and a tire is the best The Water Department can do?
Lou

Downingtown, PA

#2 Apr 21, 2008
Right...put plywood and a tire over the opening to keep other children from falling in? Plywood and a tire? Yeah...that'll work. Why not another manhole cover??? Now watch some idiot crash into the tire and plywood and sue the city...

Great thinking, guys!

And some rapper is probably wearing the manhole cover on a chain around his neck...
Tammy

Springfield, PA

#3 Apr 22, 2008
There's one missing at my corner. PWD laid the small barricade things over it and placed cones there, and at least 2 of the barricade things fell into it. I would have preferred the plywood, though I am glad that at least here they were smart enough to use cones to indicate the hole instead of a tire. This is just ridiculous. Hopefully they won't wait for someone else to get hurt and try to remedy the problem.
Please

Blue Bell, PA

#4 Apr 22, 2008
Don't blame the City, Thank the drug addicts and welfare abusers for stealing them and selling them for scrap.

Since: Apr 08

Pennsville, NJ

#5 Apr 22, 2008
Please wrote:
Don't blame the City, Thank the drug addicts and welfare abusers for stealing them and selling them for scrap.
This is an emergency situation that the City should have taken care of as soon as it started. As far as who the culprits might be, for sure it is irresponsible and greedy scrap metal dealers.

Since: Apr 08

Pennsville, NJ

#6 Apr 22, 2008
This man won $18 million dollars after he fell into an open manhole and broke his back:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/15975...
Drew

Montgomery, AL

#7 Apr 22, 2008
I saw a news story last week about this. The city is trying to lock the manhole covers down, but this will take time due to the amount of manhole covers there are in the city.
I feel sorry for the girl and hope she wasn't hurt too bad. But lets face it, she was in a sewer the minute she entered Philadelphia!!!
PWD

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Apr 22, 2008
Maria Merlino wrote:
Hundreds of manhole covers have been stolen in this area. Plywood and a tire is the best The Water Department can do?
Why don't you give PWD a chance to respond before you trash us. And ,as posted before, don't blame the city, blame the POS drug addicts and low lifes that steal and sell them. There is no manpower to babysit every manhole and inlet in the city.
Mari

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Apr 22, 2008
Well, I'll be different here. I am glad to hear that the 12-year-old was saved from the frightening fall. I hope she makes a speedy recovery.
PhillyProud

Bryn Mawr, PA

#10 Apr 22, 2008
Drew wrote:
I saw a news story last week about this. The city is trying to lock the manhole covers down, but this will take time due to the amount of manhole covers there are in the city.
I feel sorry for the girl and hope she wasn't hurt too bad. But lets face it, she was in a sewer the minute she entered Philadelphia!!!
Well spoken from that deep and dirty hole, New Jersey.
R McDonald

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Apr 22, 2008
10 years ago, if you were to tell me people were stealing manhole covers, i wouldn't have believed you.
I'm so sick of drug addicts, and i blame THEM for their conditions. it's because of them the city is screwed up. I CAN'T STAND DRUG ADDICTS AND THEIR P.O.S. DEALERS!!!
ExSWP

New York, NY

#12 Apr 22, 2008
PhillyProud wrote:
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Well spoken from that deep and dirty hole, New Jersey.
I used to live on that street and now live in Jersey. While I wish things may have been different, that part of the city is more of a sewer now than Jersey will ever be. If you lived there now you wouldn't be so proud.

“What's all this, then?”

Since: Feb 07

Pottstown, PA

#14 Apr 22, 2008
Plywood and a tire!

Why not just put up a piece of cardboard with the words "Do Not Fall" written in magic marker? That would be just as effective.
Jersey Girl

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Apr 22, 2008
How about going after the scrap metal dealers that accept the manhole covers . . . the city went after the dealers a few years ago when people started stealing chain link fences and posts and also screen doors . . . stop the cash flow AND the thefts will stop. NO BRAINER HERE . . .
jERZYGRL

Collegeville, PA

#17 Apr 22, 2008
How about the scrap yards calling the police when someone shows up with a man hole cover??? That would be too smart.
PhillyProud

Bryn Mawr, PA

#18 Apr 22, 2008
ExSWP wrote:
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I used to live on that street and now live in Jersey. While I wish things may have been different, that part of the city is more of a sewer now than Jersey will ever be. If you lived there now you wouldn't be so proud.
I don't live in that part of the city either...I just get so tired of people bashing Philly just for the sake of doing it...we may have really sad and unkempt areas in this city, but just as in any large city there are also beautiful areas where people take pride in their homes and neighborhoods, they don't destroy them just for the sake of doing it...the news media never shows us any of that because it doesn't make as "good" a news story as the crime and blight of the city does. How sad for those of us all throughout the various neighborhoods in this great city who are diligent in keeping our areas clean and safe to constantly hear the "beat-downs" from people in surrounding citys who have no inkling that there really are such lovely parts to our city. Take a ride through the other sections of the city, I swear, you'd see that there really are some good and decent people and places that we are really proud to call home!

“Holla!!! ”

Since: Mar 08

Chitty's town

#19 Apr 22, 2008
the dopers are stealing the covers to sell for scrap
anthony

Collierville, TN

#20 Apr 22, 2008
sw phiy..once a proud clean neighborhood.,, now its the top ranked place to die...way to go people...now lets blame it on everyone else but the people who turned this into a shit hole.....they should place a man hole cover over all of it...

“Holla!!! ”

Since: Mar 08

Chitty's town

#21 Apr 22, 2008
hahahaha right on philly
PhillyProud wrote:
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Well spoken from that deep and dirty hole, New Jersey.
Lost Dutchman

Decatur, IL

#22 Apr 22, 2008
It's all Geaorge Bush's fault!! We need CHANGE America!

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