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Flooding in Pittsburgh City Parks

After making landfall in Louisiana as Hurricane Ida on August 29, the effects of the now tropical storm reached the Pittsburgh area and, although much weaker than before, is still causing major flooding in several communities. from the Pittsburgh area.

The rains started on August 31 and continued through the night, and are still spraying many places in southwestern Pennsylvania. Between 8 a.m. on August 31 and noon on September 1, about 2.25 inches of rain fell, according to the National Weather Service office in Moon Township.

A flood warning is currently in effect in much of Allegheny County. Westmoreland County and the Mon Valley sections of Allegheny and Washington Counties are currently experiencing flash flood warnings. According to National Meteorological Service, most of the rains are expected to subside by September 1 in the early afternoon.

Evacuations have been requested in some areas and power outages are scattered throughout Allegheny County. In Bridgeville, which has been particularly affected by the flooding, Bethany Church and the fire department are open for shelter.

Here are some of the most disastrous images of flooding in the entire Pittsburgh area:

  • Highway 50 in Scott Township was experiencing major flooding, which blocked some vehicles, according to photos by Tony Ruffolo of WPXI.

  • Water bubbled from a utility hole in Upper St. Clair, and a small landslide hit McMillan Road.

  • Shaler’s crews had to perform water rescues to evacuate 41 passengers from a school bus stuck in rapidly rising waters.

  • Flooding occurred on Nine Mile Run in Frick Park in the city of Pittsburgh, and parts of Highland Park also experienced severe flooding.

  • Pine Creek in Etna rose so high from the rain and runoff that it started pushing against a railway bridge that sits above it, as the KDKA-TV video shows.

  • The Mon Wharf is downtown Pittsburgh closed on September 1 and TribLive reporter JoAnne Harrop captured a panoramic view of the water creeping up to the parking lot.

The Borough of Bridgeville saw water rising along the flood-prone McLaughlin Trail, where excessive rain easily filled the creek. Evacuations of some houses in Bridgeville have been carried out. The photos below are by photographer Andrew Rush of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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