Area Braces For Flooding
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Flood Watch is in effect for people living near waterways in several local counties, including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence and Somerset counties.
Overnight, steady rain will move into the area and could be heavy at times. KDKA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla expects one to 1.25-inches of rain to fall.
The National Weather Service says the main river problems will happen late Friday and into Saturday.
Minor flooding is possible in Charleroi and Elizabeth, in addition to Connellsville and Sutersville along the Yough River.
“I think we’re going to see first the response on the streams and creeks,” Bill Drzal, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said. “That could start as early as overnight [Thursday].”
“Particularly worrisome is some of the areas in Beaver, Butler, over there in Armstrong County, possibly Allegheny County where there is eight to 10 inches of snow and it’s probably a half to three-quarters of an inch of water still on the ground,” he added.
The Mon Wharf is already closed and as of Thursday night, water from the Monongahela River was approaching the parking lot.
The 10th Street bypass is also at risk for flooding.
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