Hard, fast rains flood streets

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Heavy thunderstorms rolled through Western Pennsylvania this morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in a short time, which resulted in flooded streets and downed tree branches.

Monroeville Fire Department Deputy Chief Fred Gerstacker said firefighters pulled an elderly woman from her car after it stalled out in high water at Old William Penn Highway at Beatty Road shortly after 11:23 a.m.

Deputy Chief Gerstacker said the woman was not injured, though water had reached the door handles of her car when firefighters pulled her out.

Water is "slowly receding" on the street, he added, early this afternoon.

An Allegheny County emergency dispatch supervisor said this morning that there were several reports of lightning strikes, though none resulted in injuries or fires.

Flooding reports were numerous, including at Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Library Road near Overbook, where another person had to be helped from a stalled vehicle. Other flooded intersections included Rodi and Tulip roads and Jefferson and Old William Penn Highway in Monroeville. 

Flooding also was reported on West Carson Street on the South Side.

Mike Gable, the Pittsburgh's director of Public Works, said crews had responded to at least four reports of downed trees blocking streets this morning, though all had been addressed or are being cleared by this afternoon.

"The roads are passable as far as I know," he said, adding that flooding in the city had been relatively minor and that in most cases the water has receded.

First Published August 3, 2014 12:00 AM

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