Baeder and Wanamaker Roads
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Flood Control Project

Over the years, there have been quite a few floods along the Baeder Creek, which flows behind the homes on Baeder and Wanamaker roads. The most recent were in 1996 and 2001. In the aftermath of the storm, FEMA and Abington Township widened the creek and a culvert and installed a concrete wall along the Wanamaker Road side of the creek.

Shortly after the 2001 flood, the township queried the families who were flooded if they would consider a buyout. Many agreed. In 2006 the Abington Township received a grant from the federal government to fund the buyouts. Abington contributed about a million dollars toward the buyout. Seventeen homeowners along Wanamaker Road accepted the buyout and the houses were razed. In 2007, Abington received additional funding and three homes on Baeder Road were razed. The land on which these homes stood is dedicated open space and is restricted from future development.

In 2006 and 2007 Abington Township and the Abington Township EAC planted 18 trees on the Wanamaker open space.

Benefits:

  • Erosion control
  • Expansion of Township’s open space
  • Restoration of trees lost as a result of creek widening