CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — Rain from a late Friday afternoon thunderstorm caused flooding-related problems in the Connellsville area of Fayette County.
At the Agway Lawn and Garden Store on Route 119, they moved items to higher ground before water from Irish Run Creek went over its banks.
“It’s hard to get used to, but as long as we have time to move everything, we’re okay,” Scott Cairns, the owner of the store, said. “If it happens at night time, it’s more of a loss.”
Flash flood warning remains in effect in Connellsville area.
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A short distance downstream, Scott Humbert lives on Moyer Road. His property got flooded, and sadly, it’s not the first time.
“We’ve been living here for seven years. We’ve been flooded four times in the past four years. Every time a major storm comes through, like today,” Humbert said.
Dawn and Butch Keefer live on Keefer Road off Route 982 in Bullskin Township. Water from a creek that overflowed flooded their yard and the crawl space in their home.
Dawn told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “I hate to see the rains come. I know we need rain, but it’s too much here. I know we live in a low area, a flood zone. It’s getting to be more progressive, more flooded all the time.”
At Gene Nelson’s house, his son was digging a small trench around the garage to try to prevent flood damage. The nearby creek, Nelson says, has created one headache.
“It needs to be dredged out,” he said. “It’s been this way for as long as we’ve been here. It keeps getting worse, washing your yard away and everything else.”
WATCH: Latest Forecast —
Forecasters say more rain is expected this weekend. The National Weather Service issued several Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood warnings Friday evening.
KDKA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla says we can expect to see mainly cloudy skies for the rest of the night with occasional showers. Over the weekend, more showers are expected with breezy conditions and cool temperatures.
“I do think we’ll see more showers tonight, even some [Saturday], but the bigger news over the weekend will be the cooler temperatures,” Verszyla said.
The good news, Verszyla says the majority of the day Sunday should be rain-free, which is good news for all the Marathon runners.