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Mon Wharf open after strong rainstorms fail to materialize

| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:24 a.m.
Jim Leindecker, of Braddock Hills, takes his lunchtime walk past the columns along the Mon Wharf, Downtown, Tuesday, October 30th, 2012. The wharf, closed to commuters, had not flooded as of 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Jim Leindecker, of Braddock Hills, takes his lunchtime walk past the columns along the Mon Wharf, Downtown, Tuesday, October 30th, 2012. The wharf, closed to commuters, had not flooded as of 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review

Tuesday night's storms dropped less rain than anticipated across the region, so the Mon Wharf parking area in Downtown Pittsburgh will open as usual Wednesday.

The National Weather Service's office in Moon said that, instead of the forecasted 1 to 1.5 inches of rainfall, Pittsburgh got only a trace Tuesday as strong thunderstorms failed to materialize. Meteorologist Pat Herald said there were a few storms to the north of Pittsburgh but those didn't last long or cause any flash flooding.

“Everything was pretty hard-hitting and quick,” Herald said. “There was no appreciable rain or flash flooding.”

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority had announced that the Mon Wharf would be closed Wednesday in anticipation that rainfall would raise the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers around Downtown above 18 feet, where water starts to spill onto the riverside parking area.

But without much rain Tuesday, the rivers weren't expected to rise any higher than 17.75 feet, so the closure was called off Wednesday morning.

Herald said more rain was still a possibility for the rest of the week, with scattered showers possible Wednesday and greater chances of more storms Thursday and Friday.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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