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Storms cause flooding in several counties

| Saturday, May 14, 2011

Flooding was reported in several communities following heavy downpours in the region Friday afternoon.

"Some areas reported up to three inches of rain falling in a couple hours," said Brad Rehak, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Moon.

Reporting the most problems were Prosperity in Washington County; Masontown and German Township in Fayette County; and Upper Burrell in Westmoreland County, he said.

Three-quarter-inch hail was reported in Prosperity at 3:40 p.m. An hour later, the weather service began receiving reports of several houses flooded, with six feet of water in one basement.

Animals were rescued from a farm in that area, and there was a mudslide along Route 18, according to National Weather Service reports.

Numerous houses, an apartment building and roads were reported flooded in Upper Burrell.

There were mudslides on roads in German Township, and several roads there and in Masontown were flooded. Directly across the river from Masontown, numerous roads were flooded along Route 21 in Greene County near Carmichaels. High water forced the closure of Route 188 near Greene County Country Club, not far from Jefferson.

Flooding was reported in Wheeling, Delmont and Cecil.

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County emergency officials reported road flooding near the intersection of Bigelow Boulevard and Herron Avenue in Polish Hill; Boyce Road at Mayview Road in Upper St. Clair; Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive in Mt. Lebanon; and Scrubgrass Road at Swallow Hill Road in Scott. Road flooding was reported in Moon and Bell Acres.

Wet weather is expected to continue with showers and thunderstorms likely today, Sunday and Monday. Showers are likely Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service forecast shows.

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