Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fast-moving storm floods Pittsburgh area roads - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Carol Boston of Wexford goes for her daily walk around North Park lake in between the rain on August 5, 2012. Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Matthew Santoni

Published: Sunday, August 5, 2012, 6:46 p.m.
Updated 3 minutes ago

Heavy thunderstorms that moved rapidly through the Pittsburgh area Sunday evening flooded several roads, officials said.

Between 5:30 and 6 p.m., emergency responders were reporting flooding in the areas of Route 51 and Bausman; Forward and Commercial; the 200 block of Saline Street; Second Avenue and Bates; Route 28 near the former St. Nicholas Church; and the West Busway near the Idlewood Station.

Some people had to be rescued from vehicles trapped in rising water, including two elderly people near the Irish Centre at Forward Avenue and Commercial Street, dispatchers said.

The storms had moved east of Pittsburgh by 6:30 p.m., though the National Weather Service said a few showers were lingering to the north Sunday night. The heavy rains presaged a cool front, which would bring dry days in the low- to mid 80s and cool nights in the 50s and 60s through Wednesday, forecasters said.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or

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