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Countywide Disaster Emergency Issued For Allegheny County

More than 6 inches of rain have fallen since Saturday

September 10, 2018 - 2:45 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - After a weekend of heavy rains due to remnants of Gordon, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has declared a countywide disaster emergency.

Five municipalities in the county have already issued disaster declarations.

The order waives certain formalities to allow local governments to access response resources more efficiently.

“Our region has seen more than six inches of rain since Saturday, and more is expected. In addition to flooding, we’re also seeing landslides, power outages, road closures and other emergency situations,” said Fitzgerald in a statement. “I’ve issued this emergency declaration to ensure that Emergency Services has every tool that it may need available to it for response to assist our municipalities. While flood warnings have expired, and rain showers are leaving the area, our department will begin its assessment of damages, and will do everything it can to assist in any recovery.”

Sunday was the seconded wettest day in recorded history with 3.73 inches of rain falling in Pittsburgh.

The order takes place immediately.

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