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Engineers evaluate Monroeville landslide area

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 1:39 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
Heavy rains caused a mudslide on Pitcairn Road between Sugar Camp and Strochein Road on July 23. The roadway remains closed.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
Heavy rains caused a mudslide on Pitcairn Road between Sugar Camp and Strochein Road on July 23. The roadway remains closed.

Monroeville officials said Tuesday that municipal and county engineers still are evaluating a hillside beside Pitcairn Road in Monroeville where a mudslide downed trees and power lines July 23.

A section of the road between Stroschein Road and Sugar Camp Park was closed and officials would not say definitively when the road might reopen. Engineers are discussing the most effective way to protect the road from another possible slide, Monroeville Manager Lynette McKinney said.

Public works crews cleared the slide and trees but the road remains closed because of concerns about the possibility of additional slides and the safety of homeowners, said Amie Downs, county spokeswoman.

Fortunately for Duquesne Light customers, a crew happened to be down the street finishing an unrelated job when power lines were damaged, said Monroeville Public Works Director Mike Adams. Power was restored to the affected area later that evening.

Hard rain and wind in recent weeks have downed trees and power lines throughout Monroeville, Adams said.

“The whole month since we started having these storms, we've had a lot of trees down,” Adams said. “We've gotten some roads flooded out and cleaned up.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or

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