Andrew Limberg

Flood Warning Continues Into Tuesday

The Ohio River is still rising

September 10, 2018 - 12:03 pm

Related: Weekend Rain Causes Monday Road Closures

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The National Weather Service Flood Warning continues until 4:50 p.m. Tuesday for the Ohio River downtown.

On Monday afternoon the water was at 26.3 feet with flooding at 25 ft.  The river will continue to rise close to 27 feet by Monday evening and is expected to fall below flood stage by late Tuesday morning.

The Tenth Street Bypass floods at 22 ft. 

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Sunday was the wettest day on record for September 9 and the second wettest day in history in the Pittsburgh area with just over 3.7 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. The wettest was in 2004 when the remnants of Hurricane Ivan came through.

AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams says the total rainfall from Gordon on the past few days has totaled over 5 inches with as much as 8 inches in some areas.

Those living downstream of Lower Ridge Dam in Derry Township are ordered to evacuate the McGee Run stream valley area immediately.  Residents can seek shelter in the auxiliary gym at Derry High School.

Parts of Elizabeth Township were evacuated late Monday morning as waters continue to rise. Evacuated residents are being housed at the town's community center.

The Weather Services also says major flooding is occurring on the Youghiogheny River at Sutersville in Westmoreland County.

The river will continue to rise through early afternoon Monday. Earlier, the river was over 23 feet and it's expected to crest at 23.7. Flood stage is 20.

The good news, the rain will finally move through Monday and the area will start to dry out Tuesday and Wednesday.

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