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Banksville, South Hills hit hard by flash floods during rush hour

| Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

High waters forced Pittsburgh police and firefighters to close both the inbound and outbound lanes of Banksville Road near the Parkway West for a short time during the afternoon rush hour on Monday.

Heavy rains that swept through the region flooded part of Banksville Road and dumped rocks and debris on the roadway, city emergency dispatchers were told by police and firefighters.

Police also closed the inbound and outbound lanes of Route 51 in the vicinity of Whited Street in Overbrook because of flooding at 6:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties until 9:15 p.m.

A flash flood watch remains in effect until 10 p.m.

Rainfall totals could range from a quarter of an inch to two inches, which can cause flash floods, said Rodney Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon.

Elsewhere, Route 48 is closed from McClintock Road, an entrance to White Oak Park just north of Oak Park Mall in White Oak, to Route 30 in North Versailles due to downed trees and wires.

Rain should diminish after midnight.

The flash flood watch area includes counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Maryland, east central Ohio and West Virginia.

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