Flash flooding closes roads in Allegheny County, some rescued in Pittsburgh

October 6, 2018

Multiple roads across Allegheny County closed for a time as a result for flash flooding Thursday evening.

Several cars were reportedly stranded in rising waters, according to the county’s Twitter.

Pittsburgh Public Safety reported that rescue crews had to perform a number of rescues of people stranded in their vehicles.

Among them:2300 block of Idlewood Road, East Carnegie (two vehicles).Banksville Road at Potomac Avenue, Banksville.Rt. 51 at Edgebrook Avenue, Brookline/Carrick.Glass Run Road and Mifflin Road, Hays.Morange Road at Chartiers Avenue. A person was rescued from a floating vehicle.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich reminded motorists to never drive through standing water. “Even a couple feet of rushing water can move and carry a car.”

Allegheny County started reporting road closures just before 5:30 p.m. and added more later.

The water has since receded in many trouble spots, but those are not reflected in this list of roads that flooded at some point:200 block of Becks Run Road in Pittsburgh.2000 block Pennsylvania Avenue in West Mifflin.Clairton Boulevard at Greenlee Road in Brentwood.LaSalle Avenue at Miles Avenue in Dormont.Washington Avenue at Hope Hollow Road in Scott.2300 block of Idlewood Road in Pittsburgh.Spring Run Road Extension at Boggs School Road in Moon.McNeilly Road in Mt. Lebanon.200 block Banbury Lane in Green Tree.1100 block Long Run Road in White Oak.1600 block Saw Mill Run Boulevard in Pittsburgh.400 block Farnsworth Avenue in Clairton.Chamberlin Road at Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills.200 block Clairton Boulevard in West Mifflin.Saw Mill Run/Route 51 between Stewart Avenue & West End in Pittsburgh.Lebanon Church Road closed from Camp Hollow Road to Lebanon Road in West Mifflin.Clairton Boulevard/Route 51 at Coal Valley Road in Jefferson Hills.Streets Run Road at Brentwood Road in Baldwin.Walsh Road in Crafton.Clairton Boulevard/Route 51 at North Lewis Run Road in Pleasant Hills.Robinson Boulevard at Ewing Road in Stowe.Banksville Road at Potomac Avenue in Pittsburgh.1100 block of Scrubgrass Road in Scott.800 block Killarney Drive in Castle Shannon.

Crews also battled a house fire in the 100 block of State Street in Wilmerding, Allegheny County 911 said.

Initial reports indicated it may have been caused by a lightning strike, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

A flash flood warning was in effect for parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Washington counties until 6:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Moon said just before 5:15 p.m. that radar indicated heavy rain of up to 1 inch was expected to fall.

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