Torrential Rains Bring Flash Flooding

South Hills communities Bethel Park and Bridgeville hit hard

Larry Richert and John Shumway
June 21, 2018 - 8:16 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Very heavy rain produced flooding Wednesday night from the South Hills to Fayette County, from Washington County to Westmoreland County.

One of the worst hit areas was Bethel Park, where a state of emergency was declared.

In Bridgeville, debris piled up at Bower Hill Road bridge. A number of vehicles were stuck in rising water on Banksville Road.

Bridgeville Police took a video of some of the aftermath Thursday morning:

There were at least 66 swift water rescues in Allegheny County last night.

Several inches of rain fell in some places while other areas saw a little or none. For example, 1.34" at Pittsburgh International while 4" fell at Allegheny County Airport. AccuWeather's Bill Deger says "the storms were training, dropping rain continuously over the same areas."

Here are some rainfall totals from the National Weather Service:

Allegheny County -

Monroeville - 3.80"
Also getting over three inches: Heidelberg, Brentwood, Monroeville and Mount Oliver.
Two inches or more in Shaler, Bethel Park, Bridgeville and Wilkins Township.

Butler County -

Almost an inch in Saxonburg.

Fayette County -

New Salem-Buffington - 2.12"
Connellsville - 0.96"

Washington County -

Washington - 3.40"
Over an inch in Hickory and Donora

Westmoreland County -

Laurel Mountain - 3.45"
Over two inches in Arnold, Derry, Jeannette, Latrobe and Donegal near the Turnpike
Over an inch in Ligonier, Adamsburg, Murrsyville, Greensburg, Vandergrift and Delmont

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