PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Mon Wharf is closed to commuters today because of flooding concerns.
The area provides more than 400 parking spaces on weekdays, and was covered in cold, muddy flood water by late Friday morning. The National Weather Service says the Wharf begins to flood at 18 feet, and the Ohio River was expected to reach flood stage by mid-morning on Friday and crest on Saturday morning.
KDKA’s Lisa Washington Reports:
If you’re looking for alternate parking during the closure, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority suggests the First Avenue Garage and the Second Avenue Plaza.
A Flood Advisory for the Ohio River in Allegheny County continues through Sunday. The National Weather Service also says Thursday’s rainfall created significant rising in the Allegheny and the Monongahela rivers, too.
Thursday’s widespread on-again, off-again heavy rains, coupled with snow-melt because of the unseasonably warm temperatures, caused street flooding throughout the area.
Drivers on Thoms Run Road in Collier Twp. had to cope with dangerous conditions during the evening rush hour and a parking lot of an adjacent strip mall also got high water. Some of the water was overflow from the nearby Chartiers Creek.
In Port Vue, adjacent to CSX Railroad tracks and River Road, a landslide forced the closing of Hamilton Crossing.
Capt. Don Williams, of the Port Vue Volunteer Fire Department, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “The amount of rain we had today and yesterday, along with freezing and thawing of the hillside, it just makes everything weak. The hillside can’t handle it, and everything starts to come down.”
Route 837 southbound, near the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge, was closed for several hours as PennDOT brought in a backhoe to clear catch basins of debris. Rainwater cascading down a hillside caused a section of the road and an adjacent ramp to flood.