Bridgeville cleaning up after destructive flood
By Megan Guza
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
Bridgeville residents were still cleaning up Friday morning, two days after heavy rains and flash floods inundated the area.
Carol Sikorski and her husband, Tony, were cleaning up the contents of the garage they keep on Baldwin Street.
“It just takes a little elbow grease,” she said. “Every day you chip away at it.”
Sikorski said a computer, DVD player and iPad were lost in the flood waters, which rose above the 3-foot high counter in the garage. The biggest loss, she said, were her family photos.
“Things like that – you can't put a dollar value on,” she said.
Her husband, a sculptor, also lost artwork. Sikorski remained optimistic, though.
“The most important thing is life,” she said. “No one was injured. I think we'll be OK.”
At Tambellini's Restaurant on Railroad Street, a group of volunteers from Christ Bible Church in Cranberry were gathered in the parking lot, wiping down chairs and hosing off mud. At the Beer Warehouse, pallets containing cases of beer were sitting outside the still-wet warehouse, drying.
The areas of Baldwin and Railroad streets were hardest hit after more than two inches of rain pushed McLaughlin Run over its banks and into businesses and homes.
Bridgeville fire Chief Bill Chilleo said the flooding was on par with that of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Flooding started around 8 a.m. last Wednesday, and water began receding by around 10.
More than 10 fire and rescue companies responded to flooding there, where waters from the McLaughlin Run spilled into streets and homes. River rescue teams were also on hand and had to help several people out of the flood waters.
One woman had to be plucked from the water after she was found clinging to the bumper of a tractor trailer parked near the Beer Warehouse at Railroad and Baldwin streets.
Because so many companies responded, officials did not have a final count on injuries and rescues.
Chilleo said the borough was hit much harder than the department had anticipated based on weather reports.
“We didn't expect it to be this bad,” he said.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- East Allegheny counselors receive national recognition
- Murrysville woman sues Giant Eagle over burns
- Patience pays off as starting pitcher Volquez gets 1st win for Pirates
- Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager
- Steel Valley Bicycle Tour will raise funds for trail maintenance
- Crews fill Duquesne sinkhole
- Wages have soared in Pittsburgh, but economy appears to have stalled
- Markosek supports McCord for governor
- Former Steelers player appeals court ruling on Shadyside event venue
- Body found on train tracks in West End
- Officials in North Versailles fed up littering