Local governments are responding Thursday to a "train" of storms that dumped as much water in a day as most nearby counties get in an average month.
"When we first got here, we couldn't even get up our street," said Barb Wilmot, of Apollo. "It was just a river coming up our street. I was just thinking our house has to be totally underwater."
Ms. Wilmot, 56, and her neighbors found their basements flooded, storm drains clogged and debris everywhere.
"Mud, mud, mud and gravel," she said, describing the scene outside her house on Thursday afternoon. "Just thick with it."
Authorities in Armstrong County are also preparing disaster declarations, which could make them eligible for state assistance, said Randall Brozenick, director of the county's Department of Public Safety. "There is probably more out there that hasn't been reported to us yet."
He encouraged residents or businesses with flood damage to call the Armstrong County Community Action Agency at 724-548-3408 or 1-800-405-6252.
"I think everybody was able to take a break and get a good night's sleep and get back out here today" to assess damage, Mr. Brozenick said.
And even though he said damage was more localized than when storms connected to Ivan rolled through town, some areas got more than 4 inches of rain.
"What ended up happening over the past two days is we were getting several different lines of showers, so they were kind of just 'training' over the same area," said National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Green.
One of the highest rainfall readings in the region came from Armstrong County, which recorded 4.13 inches of rain at Crooked Creek Dam.
Venango, Clarion, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette and Indiana counties also saw at least 3 inches of rain in some spots.
Alex Zimmerman: firstname.lastname@example.org , 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @AGZimmerman. Molly Born: email@example.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published August 29, 2013 12:45 PM