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Heavy rain, melting snow cause Armstrong flooding

| Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The March lion came roaring in a day ahead of schedule Monday, bringing with it thunderstorms with heavy rain and scattered flooding around the county.

The drenching, along with melting snow, caused several creeks to overrun. The waters caused some roads to pond, yards to be swamped and basements in need of pumping.

Residents in a few low-lying areas were left to clean up their homes.

"It's the worst this has ever been," said Adam Sikora, whose yard along the Dime Road in Parks was submerged in a lake of water from a nearby creek. "My wife, Angela, was collecting things (floating) in the yard.

"It will take a while before the ground dries out," he said.

Sikora said his house has no basement and is built on top of piers. He said he was spared any damage to the contents of the house.

"I can only imagine how bad this is for people along here with basements," he said.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh extended a flood warning for the county to yesterday evening, according to Armstrong 911.

Two state roads in the county were closed yesterday morning and reopened a few hours later as flooded creeks eventually receded, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT said about 9 a.m. that Route 2059 (Hungry Hollow Road) had been closed in both directions from Route 66 in Gilpin to Sportsman Road in Parks as a result of flooding.

A detour was put in place using Route 2061 (Lover's Leap Road) to Route 2063 (Ice Pond Road) to Route 2032 (Spruce Hollow Road) to Route 2066 (Dime Road).

In addition, PennDOT closed Route 56 from Route 66, Lincoln Street, in Parks, to Route 210 in South Bend. A detour used Route 210 to Route 422 to Route 66 to Route 56.

By 11:30 a.m. yesterday, PennDOT had announced that all closed roads had been reopened in both directions.

Water spilled onto a number of other roads in the county; however, those roads remained open to traffic.

PennDOT reminds motorists to use caution and not to drive through standing water on roadways. Weather and road conditions can deteriorate quickly, and motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling, officials said.

PennDOT spokewoman Deborah Casadei said bridge inspectors were out in full force looking for potential damage from overflowed creeks. No bridges had damage.

"We were busy with flooding in three counties -- Armstrong, Indiana and Butler," she said.

Armstrong 911 reported several incidents related to the morning storm.

Pine-Templeton Fire Department responded to a tree down on Ridge Road in Boggs.

East Franklin, West Kittanning and Worthington-West Franklin fire departments responded to a transformer sparking on Butler Road.

Fire crews responded to basement flooding along Ohio Street and Sportsmen Road in Kiski; Moore Avenue and 20th Street in North Apollo; Elm Street in Parks; and Route 66 in Bethel in the lower part of the county.

Manor Township responded to a call of 4 feet of water in the basement of a home on Hawk Hollow Road.

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