Storm evacuation center to open in Munhall

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MUNHALL, Pa. - With the approaching severe weather, the Munhall Emergency Management system announced that they will open a storm evacuation center at Steel Valley High School if needed Wednesday night.

Officials said the center will be for those who are unable to remain in their homes.

Those looking to take advantage of the center are asked to call 412-464-7300 before showing up to make sure it will be opened.

The Munhall fire chief told Channel 11’s Timyka Artist that they’re closely monitoring streets known to flood in anticipation of heavy rainfall, and have about 1,000 sandbags on hand.

Safety officials have checked flood gates near Washington Boulevard, where a flash flood took the lives of a mother and her two children in 2011, to ensure they are fully operational.

At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said, “With Washington Boulevard, now we have the barriers in place in the event that we need to shut it down, which makes me and our public safety folks feel better.”

Officials advise drivers to avoid driving through standing water.