Weather service issues flash-flood watch
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The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties.
Meteorologists said on the service's website that slowly moving thunderstorms have dropped more than two inches of rain on the region in the past few hours. The flood warning, in effect until 2:30 a.m. Saturday "means that flooding is imminent or has been reported."
Heavy rains caused water to flow out of Deer Creek and onto Saxonburg Boulevard in Cheswick, according to Weather Service reports. About 3 inches of water stood on some roads in Springdale. Flooding closed Gibsonia Road near Turner Road in E. Gibsonia about 9 p.m., when some businesses reported to officials that they had 6 inches of standing water.
A flash flood watch, which impacts Allegheny, Beaver, Clarion and Jefferson counties, will remain in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday.
The Weather Service reminded people to avoid driving into areas where water covers the roadway because "just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road." In short, it said, "don't drown."
First Published July 27, 2012 3:43 pm