Updated:FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
Residents in several counties have experienced flooding as warmer temperatures melt snow and ice.
In Allegheny County, a flood advisory originally in effect for the Pittsburgh area until 1 p.m. Sunday was canceled around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.
The Ohio River was expected to rise near 18 feet Saturday. At 18 feet, the water begins to flow onto the Monongahela Parking Wharf.
Melting snow and ice in creeks and rivers are causing the flooding.
According to Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper, a system will bring light snow showers to the Pittsburgh area Sunday. The snow will mix with rain at times.
Cars and homes were flooded in Fairfield Township, Westmoreland County, on Friday.
Officials called for evacuations along Creek Road in the afternoon.
“We didn't even get to the door and I saw it coming across the road to the porch,” said resident Emma Brendlenger.
“I had to call and tell them to make this a rescue,” said resident Tom Garland.
Chopper 11 shot video of emergency crews rescuing people and putting them in boats. Those rescued were taken to a nearby shelter.
“We didn't know how we were going to get out, so really God sent them to us,” said resident Mary Sue Garland.
“This is isolated to a small area in Fairfield Township. This is a very low-lying area. When we have the ice in the creek and it starts to dam up, it’s going to start backing up the water,” said Dan Stevens of Westmoreland County Public Safety.
Residents told Channel 11’s Pamela Osborne Friday night that they’ll assess the damage Saturday.
In Beaver County Friday, flooding started along Brush Creek.
The creek overflowed its banks, leaving water on roadways in New Sewickley Township.
In Independence Township, Park Road was shut down due to flooding Friday.
Homes were evacuated in parts of Armstrong County.