ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — Flash flooding left a path of destruction in Pleasant Hills on Thursday.
According to Allegheny County, at least eight roads dealt with flooding issues and at least two vehicles got stuck in rising floodwaters.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Woman Critically Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash
Anna Fitzgerald was behind the wheel of a car that got stuck. She told KDKA’s Royce Jones that she was going to get food when the rising water swallowed her car. Fitzgerald, who was not injured, added that her car was destroyed.
“One of my biggest fears is being trapped in a car with water,” Fitzgerald said. “So I knew to put the windows down just in case. … We jumped out the windows because it was waist-deep.”
A homeowner in the borough is cleaning up after storm waters flooded his home on Hi Tor Drive in five minutes Thursday. He said that it was the third time this week his home flooded.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
The homeowner’s garage was filled with at least 4 feet of water, sending his lawn equipment and freezer floating in the water. He said several thousand dollars in damage was done and three pumps were needed to clear the water.
“All of the water from the street came completely down into my driveway, through my front yard, through my sidewalk, over my hedges,” said homeowner Douglas Olson.
Heavy rain began moving into the area around 6:45 p.m., with the most intense precipitation happening just after 7 p.m., according to KDKA meteorologist Ray Petelin. The borough received an estimated 1 to 1 1/5 inches of rainfall.MORE NEWS: Fall 2021 Back To School Mask Guide
The flooding came one day after the region was pummeled by strong rains and winds. Many communities are still cleaning up as trees and debris litter streets and sidewalks.