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No major flooding experienced in Fayette

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 6:24 p.m.
Mark Hofmann | Trib Total Media
Bullskin Township Fireman Jim Hammaker puts out flairs on Everson Valley Road near the Route 119 off ramp after two to four feet of water covered one lane.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Denis McCormick catches one of his 11 displaced Japanese koi in the receding floodwater in his yard along Hoza Way in Mt. Pleasant. His yard flooded with 2 feet of water as a result of the rainstorms which soaked the region. A full story on the flooding in the borough and additional photos appear on Page 3. Photo taken Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Evan R. Sanders | Trib Total Media
A motorist travels through pooling water along Valley Kitchen Drive in Mt. Pleasant.
Kelly Vernon | Trib Total Media
Flooding occurred just off Route 819 in Mt. Pleasant Township Wednesday, July 11, 2013 after heavy rainfall.

The Pittsburgh area suffered from extensive flash flooding on Wednesday when thunderstorms swept through the area. However, Fay-West suffered little effects from the rains, which drenched the area.

According to Fayette County 911, Monarch Fire Department was called out for flooding along 80 Acres Road in Dunbar Township, and several other departments responded to a few flooded basement calls, as well as downed limbs and wires. But there were no other major incidents reported to the county 911 center.

Valerie Petersen, community relations coordinator for PennDOT District 12, said the water rose at the intersection of 80 Acres Road and Route 119.

The water flooded the road, but it wasn't deep enough to prevent motorists from passing through. When PennDOT crews arrived at the scene, the water was receding.

Petersen said there were some other reports of passable water along roadways, and PennDOT did not have to close any roadways due to rains or flooding.

In Bullskin Township, firefighters were called out to Everson Valley Road near the Route 119 off ramp after two to four feet of water covered one lane of the roadway. Flares were set off around the flooded area, reducing travel to one lane.

A witness said the section of the roadway became flooded within five minutes.

In Westmoreland County, Denis McCormick, 45, and his wife, Diane, spent the afternoon trying to catch 11 Japanese koi that were swimming in the backyard of their home on Hoza Way in Mt. Pleasant.

McCormick left work early after he got a frantic call from his wife, Diane, who looked out the bedroom window of her family's two-story house at 11 a.m. and couldn't believe what she saw.

Nearly two feet of water had flooded McCormick's backyard and was streaming into the newly remodeled basement.

“It felt like we were in the middle of a small lake,” she said. “Water was everywhere, so I pushed the panic button.”

The rising water engulfed the family's fish pond, freeing the koi to swim around the flooded yard.

“This pond has flooded over three times,” he said. “I just try to catch the fish with a net and get them back in the pond. We recovered three so far.”

The National Weather Service had issued a flash-flood watch for the area on Wednesday, which has been an issue in Fayette County for the past two weeks. That watch was scheduled to expire at 6 a.m. Thursday.

Petersen wants motorists to drive slowly, don't drive in deep water, make sure tires have good tread, have good windshield wipers and to use headlights during rainfall.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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