Washington Boulevard Flood Plan Unveiled

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl unveiled a three-stage plan to deal with the potential for serious flooding on Washington Boulevard in Highland Park.

Four people died during a flash flood on the road last month.

First, in the short term, the mayor says public safety personnel will be on site anytime the threat exists for serious flooding to move in shut the road down.

Second, Mayor Ravenstahl says the city has been discussing with PennDOT the possibility of installing crossing gates that would have sensors to automatically shut down the boulevard as soon as rain water triggers them.

Third, something the mayor says is a long term solution: Engineers will look at storm water runoff plans.

Most of the people at the meeting where the plan was announced were there to discuss on-going flooding issues on various streets in the East End.

From East Liberty to Point Breeze to Shadyside to Squirrel Hill, people described flooded streets, basements backed up with sewage and cars that were actually left floating in water.

The meeting was organized by Councilman Bill Peduto.

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said they would look into the problems and use the information to try to find solutions.

Members of the audience discussed the importance of separating sewage and storm water drainage and made suggestions such as permeable pavement and rain collection barrels.

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  • Jess Sayen

    How about this, when it rains really hard don’t drive down the hill

    • Frances

      How about this, Jess, how about you’re sitting in traffic when the waters quickly rise, how about the water pushes your vehicle between trees so you can’t get out, how about a wall of water, mud, and debris comes while you’re on a city street?

      How about this…if you aren’t a kind, compassionate, considerate person, at least be a silent one.

  • kippersun

    the problem is that all of these areas were marshes, they are proned to this and will keep flooding untill new larger storm drains are installed.

  • Kim

    Maybe mayor skippy could actually send out street cleaners to take care of road debris BEFORE it finds it’s way into the storm sewers. And while he is taking care of that, Onorato and the PWSA could unclog all of the storm sewers that are packed with mud.

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  • jenn

    I agree with Kim and yes, he is Mayor Skippy…. man oh man, I hope we get someone decent in office next time around. I wish Bob O’Connor would have lived.

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