Flash flooding in North Hills traps several in cars

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MCCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

Flash flooding on Friday happened so quickly that some people did not have time to get to higher ground in North Hills.

Chopper 11 video showed at least four cars surrounded by water on the Old Perry Highway in McCandless Township.

Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic learned that four people were trapped inside their cars when the creeks nearby flooded.

Tomazic tracked down at least one of those drivers, Margie Eliou, who was left stranded when the water began to rise.

“I was just sitting there, and then I was floating. That’s what I was doing. I was floating away,” said Eliou. “I thought my car was going to hit that sign, and it kept going and going all by itself. It was just uncontrollable.”

When Eliou’s convertible finally stopped floating, she said she couldn’t get out through the door because the water was up to the handle.

“I had to crawl through my window. Some lady had to help me get out of my car,” said Eliou.

After Eliou got out of her car, she said the same thing happened to a nearby white sedan.

At about the same time on Sloop Road in McCandless, Greg Parshall shot a video that shows water from across the street coming onto his driveway within 10 minutes.

Tomazic reported that even after the water receded, cars had to go around debris, barely missing each other in passing.

In Franklin Park, the stream snaked on and off McAleer Road, trapping another driver who needed to be rescued.

No one was hurt, but most drivers said they were shaken up.