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Mudslides affect traffic in McKeesport, Lincoln

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1:26 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
West Penn Power crews cleared dead tree branches above power lines along West Smithfield Street in Lincoln on Friday while the road was closed as the result of a landslide up the hill.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
McKeesport street department employees respond to the scene of a landslide on East Fifth Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue. The slide happened at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Penndot crews block off West Smithfield Street in Elizabeth Township because of a landslide up the road in Lincoln.

Overnight heavy downpours Thursday resulted in early morning traffic delays in McKeesport and Lincoln.

McKeesport and Lincoln experienced mudslides that spilled onto roadways Friday morning.

β€œIt happened around 12:30 a.m.,” said McKeesport public works director Steve Kondrosky Sr., referring to the city slide that blocked East Fifth Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue.

Kondrosky said the heavy rain caused a landslide-prone section of the hillside along the road to fall away. Crews blocked the affected section until daybreak when they were able to return and begin clearing the road.

Kondrosky said cleanup crews were dispatched to a washout-prone section of West Fifth Avenue in the Tenth Ward for storm-related problems. He said traffic delays related to the cleanups were minimal.

In Lincoln, a small landslide resulted in the closure of West Smithfield Street for several hours.

Lincoln councilwoman Tammy Firda said the roadway had to be closed when, β€œa huge tree that fell from the storm brought some of the hillside down. It all came down onto the road,” Firda said/

The falling tree knocked out power lines and left about a half dozen residents without electricity while West Penn Power made the repairs.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or