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Commuters Deal With Downtown Flooding

By: Heather Abraham
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(Photo Credit: Heather Abraham/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Heather Abraham/KDKA)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s great day to be a duck, but a terrible day to be a driver.

Flooding at the Mon Wharf left about 700 parking spots under water.

On the other side of town, the Allegheny River had about as much as it could take too. By 5 a.m., the 10th Street Bypass started to flood.

Water steadily progressed across the lanes until it became impassable, which pushed traffic onto Fort Duquesne Boulevard.

Traffic extended back onto both the Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne Bridges. It was the kind of day you wish you had a boat to get to work.

“It’s about like this all the time when they close it. But, [there’s] nothing you can do about it. It’s Pittsburgh,” Port Authority Bus Driver Jerry Broderick said.

Broderick said even with the added traffic, he was still right on time.

There were some concerns that the area of the Parkway Central known as the “Bath Tub” would begin taking on water during the evening commute.

According to Meteorologist Dennis Bowman, the Ohio River was at 23.98 feet at noon.

At 7 p.m. it’s expected to reach the 25 foot mark, which is the level where water starts to spill into the Bath Tub.

By 7 p.m. Wednesday, the river is expected to have dropped back below road flooding levels.

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