Stormy Sunday causes flooding, other damage throughout viewing area

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PITTSBURGH - Heavy rain and storms moved across the Channel 11 viewing area Sunday, leading to flooded roadways and downed trees.

An elderly woman was rescued when her car got stuck in rising water at the intersection of Old William Penn Highway and Beatty Road in Monroeville.

Officials said the woman was following some SUVs when the incident happened.

“She thought that since they made it she would make it, and it was only a foot deep when she decided to drive through the water and stalled her vehicle,” said Deputy Fire Chief Fred Gerstacker.

Flooding was also reported in Mt. Lebanon at Cedar Boulevard and Greenhurst Drive.

St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon was rattled by a lightning strike that damaged the church’s organ.

The lightning struck during a morning Mass.

Music director Chaz Bowers said, “There were several lightning strikes, and then the last of which seemed to strike the church building and, at that time, the sound system went off and the bells stopped working as well as the organ.”

As the storms persisted, Rodi Road in Penn Hills and Route 837 in Dravosburg were affected by flooding.

Heavy rains also caused water to spill onto Route 51 near Library Road and Bausman Street.

Downed trees were reported in areas like Point Breeze and Perry South.

Allegheny and Westmoreland counties were under a flood warning, which was allowed to expire.

Periods of rain are expected to continue to impact the Pittsburgh region into Sunday night before tapering off and allowing the wet weather to move out for the start of the work week.

Monday should see a mix of sun, and clouds and a high of 83.