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ASPINWALL (KDKA) – For the third time this week, storms are wreaking havoc in Aspinwall.
Heavy rain began falling just after five this morning, sending more asphalt and debris floating down Delafield Road. Some of it became lodged underneath cars and SUVs parked on the street.
HAPPENING NOW: Rainwater is flowing down Delafield Road in Aspinwall again. An early morning storm is bringing heavy rain, lightning and thunder to the area, for the third time this week. #KDKA pic.twitter.com/9xTGFkKKhP
— Lisa Washington (@LisaWashing) July 5, 2018
Thursday morning’s rain was the third round of flooding for this area. Round two was just hours earlier, Wednesday night. In each case, asphalt, rocks and small limbs littered the street, creating more clean-up work.
“It’s asphalt from roads up above. Storm, heavy rain, buckles the road and the next round of rain comes in and washes it all down. So it’s like Groundhog Day for us,” Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gene Marsico said.
Allegheny County Public Works crews had planned to re-pave part of Delafield Road today, but those plans may be delayed.
Meanwhile, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for all of western Pennsylvania until midnight.
Earlier this week, Gerry Milletari’s Delafield Road home suffered flood damage.
“It was so powerful my sump pump from my French drains couldn’t take it so that started boiling over and it ran over the side of the wall and it just looked like a miniature water fall,” Milletari said.
She says the water was so powerful, it forced her garage door to open. Parked inside, a Cadillac and her husband’s classic 1953 Lincoln.
“It’s probably ruined because water was up over the seats. Same with the Cadillac and I have a huge, huge collection of Christmas ornaments,” she said. “The basement is nothing but mud and debris everywhere.”
Milletari said after Hurricane Ivan, she and her husband had boards put in place at the top of their driveway, to keep rushing water from getting into the garage and basement, in case of flooding. Last night, it wasn’t enough.
Mud covered the floor of the basement all the way to the back of her home.