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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