SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Sewickley Township declared a disaster after more heavy rainfall on Friday night.READ MORE: As People Struggle To Secure Unemployment Benefits, Prosecutors Say Fraud Is Widespread
Because of the rain, a small bridge over Oak Creek Drive in the Westmoreland County municipality was washed away, stranding about 20 homeowners. The bridge was the only way to get into their neighborhood.
But thanks to the quick work of township workers, a temporary bridge was erected in about five hours.READ MORE: Kennywood's Jack Rabbit Roller Coaster Gets Squeaky Clean During Offseason
“It’s nice knowing we can get back in and out now, even though this is just temporary, until they get it fixed,” resident Tabatha Guzewicz said. “At least now we can get out.”
Officials estimated that about four inches of rain fell in the area on Friday night.MORE NEWS: Crash Closes Parts Of Route 22 And Route 119 In Westmoreland County
This was the third major storm in Sewickley Township this summer. Officials say the clean-up is taking a toll on the township budget. As a result, a major paving project due to start Monday has been canceled.