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Bullskin, mountain areas hit the hardest by Wednesday flooding

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By Karl Polacek

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 6:48 p.m.

Firefighters were kept busy late into the evening Wednesday as heavy rains caused numerous flooding problems in portions of Bullskin and Saltlick townships.

Roads were flooded and closed.

Connellsville Area School District Transportation Director James Lembo was called to the mountain area where some buses were delayed in getting children home from Clifford Pritts Elementary School because of flooded roadways.

One bus was reported to have been stopped with a car flooded behind it.

Fayette 911 said there were reports of stranded buses. Fayette 911 said the buses started to move again as water levels receded in the area. Buses were still reported out at 5:30 p.m.

According to reports, several students at Clifford Pritts were reported stranded at the school, but administrators found ways to get them home.

PennDOT was called to clear roads in Saltlick and Springfield. Portions of Route 711 were flooded.

The rains started about 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Brad Rehak of the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh reported that 1½ to 2½ inches of rain fell in a short period of time. At 5:15 p.m., he said, more heavy showers were expected to move through the area before the rain was expected to slack off when scattered light showers would remain.

Today it is to be dry.

According to Fayette 911, Route 119 North in Bullskin near Marion Motors was closed for a short period because of flooding. One lane was later opened with Bullskin firefighters directing traffic. Bullskin also reported flooding on Route 119 near the Sheetz store.

Moyer Road in Bullskin was reported to have flooded, and the road surface was buckling. At one point, Bullskin firefighters were called to a home along Moyer Road for a fuel spill in the basement. Approximately 50 gallons of fuel reportedly had leaked.

Among the roads in Bullskin reported to be flooded were Everson Valley Road, East End Road and North Bellview Road. Bullskin supervisors went out Wednesday afternoon and evening to assist firefighters in assessing damage.

In Saltlick, water was reported over the Laurel Run Bridge, which carries Route 1003, Pritts Road, over the waterway.

Also in Saltlick, Indian Creek Road and Jim Mountain Road were flooded as was Melcroft Road.

In the Indian Head area, a number of roads were flooded, and PennDOT was called to clear them.

Fire departments in Normalville and Springfield also reported multiple flooding calls.

The bridge at Camp Christian was reported to be underwater.

West Penn Power was called to the mountain area on reports of outages that evening.

In Connellsville, New Haven Hose Company was called to a home on Eighth Street with a flooded basement.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.



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