Investigations Into Washington Blvd. Flooding Begin

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – City officials are sorting out how the sudden flooding of Washington Blvd. took four lives during Friday afternoon’s heavy rains.

KDKA AM’s Larry Richert talks to City Councilman Doug Shields and Public Safety Director Michael Huss about what comes next and how the problem could be fixed.

Councilman Doug Shields:

Public Safety Director Michael Huss:

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  • FedUp

    Maybe instead of improving and paving politicians’ streets, REAL roads with REAL problems can be addressed. How sad that lives had to be lost to address this situation (again). Quit talking and do something about it.

  • Thief


    And now a KD Investigation has found that was just one example of what some might call special treatment – something City Council President Darlene Harris denies.

    “I work to help the people – not to help myself,” Harris said. “I’ve never taken anything for myself.”

    But in 2007 when budget cuts demanded a reduction in city-wide paving, city contractors paved Buente Street in front of Harris’ house, List Street behind her house and Brahm Street leading up to her house at a cost of $86,088.

    Harris concedes she lobbied to have the work done because she says runoff water was flooding the properties of her neighbors.

    But that wasn’t the only work done that year.

    Harris co-owns a house on List Street with her mother and in November of 2007 the city built a retaining wall just above it. The job involved 35 yards of concrete, 50 tons of stone and steel beams at a cost of $22,043.

    Harris also concedes that she requested the work, but not for herself or her mother. She says erosion threatened the road and imperiled people living down the street with medical conditions

    Hmmmm . . . really?

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