Flood advisory ends after fast-moving storm
After two hours of fishing in the rain Sunday, Orlando Robinson of the Hill District decided to go home. Mr. Robinson said when he saw the Pedal Pittsburgh cyclists rolling through the rain, he decided if they could be out, so could he.
Greg Hamilton, of the North Side, loosens up at the parking area on River Avenue after running the trail in the rain Sunday. Mr. Hamilton says he runs nearly every day and has competed in the Pittsburgh Marathon.
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Two area roadways are still closed following a fast-moving storm Sunday night that, in some places, dumped more than an inch of rain in 30 minutes.
Route 51 from Bausman Street to Overlook Boulevard was still closed just before 9:30 p.m., as well Streets Run Road from Brentwood Road (in Baldwin borough) to Baldwin Road in Pittsburgh, according to an Allegheny County shift commander.
Several people stuck in their cars were assisted by emergency crews around the city, including two people in a creek at Jacks Run Road and McClintock Road in White Oak, several along Second Avenue at the Hot Metal Bridge, and others on Commercial Street near the Irish Centre.
Problem areas including Morange Road in Idlewood and Second Avenue and Bates Street is now open. Washington Boulevard did not experience any flooding and the floodgates were not released.
A flood advisory for Allegheny County and parts of Washington and Westmoreland counties ended at 8:45 p.m., said Rich Redmond of the National Weather Service. Small parts of Indiana County were also under that advisory.
Carnegie, Green Tree and Oakland were hit particularly hard, according to the National Weather Service. Rain gauges in Oakland counted 1.55 inches in one hour. Carnegie logged 1.1 inches and Green Tree 1.27 inches of rain between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m.
Showers and storm developed ahead of a cold front coming down in our region from Ohio, Mr. Redmond said. When the storms connected with the moisture in the air here, it caused huge rainfall levels -- mostly within city limits.
"It was interesting -- once [the showers] got just to the north of Pittsburgh, they really intensified rapidly," he said. "It sort of blew up right near Pittsburgh, blew through and headed out to the east."
First Published August 5, 2012 7:45 pm