Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of Fayette County

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Fayette County and some municipalities within it have issued disaster declarations after several inches of rain caused flash flooding overnight.

County emergency management officials were assessing structure damage this morning. More than 20 homes were affected in North Union and engineers have closed the Turkeyfoot Bridge there, said Fayette County Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susan Griffith.

That township and Dunbar Township, Dunbar Borough and South Union issued disaster declarations. Creeks overflowed in some areas, spilling onto roads and flooding basements.

By declaring a disaster, counties make themselves eligible for state money to help with repairs.

The rain started about 10:30 p.m. Monday, and Fayette County 911 handled more than 120 flood-related calls. No injuries have been reported.

About 4 inches of rain fell over a small area in the county in 24 hours, with the heaviest rainfall between 4 or 5 a.m. today, said John Darnley of the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

The Youghiogheny River rose about 4 feet in Sutersville, Westmoreland County, Mr. Darnley said.

The weather service predicts isolated thunderstorms in Fayette County this afternoon, but not as widespread or severe as those overnight.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com


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