Persistent rain causes flooding, landslides; Several advisories in effect



PITTSBURGH - Persistent rain over the past few days is causing problems throughout the Channel 11 viewing area.

Westmoreland County was perhaps hit the hardest, where officials were forced to close Route 381 near Highway 30.

 The roadway just southeast of Ligonier was flooded overnight. Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson was there early Friday morning and reported that water is high and rushing fast near the Kingston Dam.

In Forest Hills, the saturated ground likely caused a large tree to topple onto a home.

The incident happened at a house on Wilkins Road.

The homeowners said the tree hit the back of the house and broke a window. No injuries were reported.

In Lincoln Borough, an overnight landslide closed West Smithfield Street.

Chopper 11 flew over the scene Friday showing mud and debris on the roadway. Workers said they used wooden horses and traffic cones to block the road.

In Pittsburgh, the Mon Wharf parking area is closed Friday. The Ohio River at The Point is expected to continue to rise throughout the day Friday – reaching 22 feet by the evening hours. The rising water levels will affect the 10th Street Bypass.

The river is expected to crest Saturday morning at 22.5 feet.

Mount Washington's Mcardle Roadway was also closed because of a mudslide Friday. Crews said they hope to have the road opened by afternoon/evening.

A flash flood watch for Cambria and Somerset counties remains in effect until 2 p.m. A flood watch for the Conemaugh River, affecting Indiana and Westmoreland counties stays in effect until Saturday morning.

A flood warning for Westmoreland County expired at 8:45 a.m. Friday.

Severe Weather Team meteorologist Valerie Smock said the area will get a much needed break from the wet weather Friday, but more showers could move in during the evening hours.

Smock said those showers should be scattered, not steady.

The high Friday will reach 61 degrees and drop to 42 degrees overnight.

Showers linger this weekend but will be off and on Saturday and should hold off until late on Sunday. We start off the weekend on a cool note with a high of only 58. We are into the low 60s for Sunday.

Sunshine returns for early next week and the 70s will be back Tuesday.