Engineers To Meet After Fatal Washington Blvd. Flood

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A special meeting of engineers will be held Monday in the wake of a fatal flash flood on Washington Boulevard in Highland Park.

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, ALCOSAN and the City of Pittsburgh will meet to discuss ways to prevent those tragic events from happening again in the future.

There are six storm drains in the area of Negley Run and Washington Boulevards. The question now is, were they clogged?

A similar incident happened on July 18 in the same area, which resulted in motorists being rescued from their vehicles.

ALCOSAN has said that they walked the length of their pipes and they were clear.

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority told Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss that they used video to check 9,000 feet of their pipe under Washington Boulevard. This was done after the flooding incident on July 18.

There were no fatalities in that flooding incident.

What is not known is what they found or what remedial steps were taken, if any, after that flood.

Over two inches of rain rapidly fell Friday evening in an area that is a natural flood basin. There used to be an old creek bed along the road as well.

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  1. marilyn says:

    A little too late. This was a tragedy that should have never happened. Now the Mayor is looking into it. After 4 people have died. Accountability is what is needed. Someone, a department or the Mayor needs to be held accountable for this. I pray for the innocent victims. I can only imagine what that poor woman and her children went through. Very tragic.

  2. DISTURBED says:

    IT’S JUST THE WAY ALL AGENCYS WORK THESE DAY’S ONLY WHEN THERE IS DEATH AND DESTRUCTION WILL ANYONE SPEND THE MONEY TO FINALLY FIX A PROBLEM. SAD WAY TO HAVE TO GO. WAIT TO HAVE FATALITIES THEN FIX THE PROBLEM. I THINK PENN DOT HAS SOME CONTROL OF WASHINGTON BLVD ALSO, SO GOOD LUCK TRYING TO RESOLVE THIS ONE!!!

  3. JIM says:

    OF COURSE THE DRAINS WERE CLOGGED IT DOESNT TAKE A ENGINEER TO FIGURE THAT ONE OUT !!!!!
    THE PROBLEM IS THE STORM DRAINS ARE BEING CHANGED ALL OVER THE AREA THEY ARE NOT OPEN LIKE THEY ONCE WERE SMALLER DRAIN HOLES SO LESS GARABAGE- STUFF- IS DRAINED INTO THE RIVER SO WHEN IT RAINS HARD, LEAVES ETC.. GET PUSHED ON TO AND CLOGGES THE DRAIN I SEEN IT BEFORE ALL OVER THE AREA SO THIS DEATH OCCURED JUST BECASE THE TREE HUGGERS,EPA,THATS TOO BAD ! THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD BE THE ONES HELD ACCOUNTABLE

  4. 1-2-3 says:

    They better look at that construction site on top of the hill that is sending all that garbage onto Washingtom Blvd. There was never a problem for years now it fills up like a bath tub. Somene needs to be held accountable, especially after the flood in july. The ones pointing the fingers are the ones responsible.

  5. Stush says:

    Shuman detention cent should be relocated on top of the man hole

  6. harold says:

    What a shame! what the hell is wrong with our state and federal agencies responsible for making sure this does not happen. Its not like this was the first time major flooding has occured in this area! It has now taken multiple people lives to make people wake upt! I hope the families of the victims hammer those responsible with a a hefty lawsuit. Quit worrying about saving the fish or polluting the already polluted river and do something!

    1. marilyn says:

      Harold, I agree. Money will not bring comfort to the families but this is one time lawsuits should be filed and someone should be held responsible for paying. Even people who lost their vehicles. There is no reason this should happen. Hefty lawsuits are the way to go!

  7. Paul says:

    I agree that it is a sad day because people lost their lives, and I agree that there might be a faulty storm sewer system. But why were so many people caught in the flooded waters? When I went to driver’s training many years ago, you were always taught NOT to go near pooled water on roadways since you can’t tell how deep it actually is. KDKA TV had mentioned it on their newscast that morning, which they do frequently when the weather is expected to rain a lot in a short period of time. Why were so many people caught in the flooded waters? Why didn’t they turn around and go back when they saw the water?

    1. marilyn says:

      Paul, you should maybe change your news channel. The people caught in the flash flood COULD NOT move. They were stuck in traffic and the rain started and they could not turn around due to the wonderful traffic jams that happen in Pittsburgh at rush hour. If you cannot back up, cannot turn around or cannot go straight do you expect people to push a button and FLY over the water. Or better yet, have your car turn into a BOAT! And if you think the weather on KDKA is always correct, think again!!!

  8. Dave says:

    Paul – you are correct that we are told over and over again not to go through pooled water because you can’t tell how deep or rough it may be. Perhaps this happened so quickly that they didn’t see it? I don’t know. I do know one thing, of late in the Pgh. area in general, we have been getting a lot of storms where it rains a lot in a short period of time. If this is the weather pattern to come, we need to make certain that the infrastructure is up to par.

  9. Yankee boy says:

    Luke and mike Huss did it again! The snow storm, ANOTHER flood on Wash Blvd…are these two, again, the only two in Pittsburgh who don’t know about the flooding? Or the impending storm?

    This town oozes incompetence…maybe the perfect storm will be a Republican election!!!

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