Thursday rain necessitates water rescue, road closures

September 28, 2018

A man and a small child were rescued from a car Thursday night in Summit Township after becoming stuck in rising water.

The vehicle became stuck on Pine Hill Road near Creek Road. By about 8:35 p.m. scanner reports indicated that both were out of the vehicle and safe. No injuries were reported.

According to Somerset County Control, Meyersdale and Garrett fire departments and Meyersdale and Berlin ambulance services were called to the scene at about 8:26 p.m.

Additional details were not immediately available Thursday night.

Flooding also caused closures on multiple roads in the Meyersdale and Salisbury areas. Somerset County Control listed Matlick Road, Petenbrink Road, Coal Run Road, Grant Street, Pine Hill Road and Creek Road as closed by 9:20 p.m.

A few flooded basements were also reported on the emergency scanner.

Rain and flooding have been an issue since the spring.

In a three-month period from June to August, total rainfall reported at the Somerset County Airport was 17.49 inches. The average for the area is 13.34 inches. A meteorologist said in a story published in the Daily American on Thursday that the rain is the result of an “unrelenting” weather pattern.

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