Clean up continues after 2nd day of flooding

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PITTSBURGH - After two days of heavy downpours and flooding, parts of the Channel 11 viewing area are cleaning up Thursday.

Among the hardest hit areas was Sutersville in Westmoreland County. Channel 11’s Dave Bondy was there early Thursday morning where residents said they have been left with a muddy mess.

Debris and standing water was seen on several roadways, and some people’s back yards were transformed into small bodies of water during a flash-flood event Wednesday evening.

“It started raining really hard, and just a huge wall of water came down the hill. There was water everywhere. It was frightening, very frightening,” Sutersville resident Kelly Rupert said.

Another resident, Kevin Broom, said rushing water caused his porch to collapse and water to fill his basement.

“We were trying to figure out if we needed to get out or just take stuff upstairs or how high is it was going to get. We figured it wouldn’t get as high as the railroad track but it just kept rising,” Broom said. 

The Huston family said they watched as water came rushing down the hillside and turned a small creek into a raging river.

“It’s come through the yard and I looked out the window and grabbed the camera and barricaded the doors,” Jess Huston said.

“There was too much rain too fast. I can’t tell you why all this rock washed down. It’s kind of a freak thing,” Jim Huston said.

Sherry McClay told Channel 11’s Rick Earle that her daughter’s basement is a muddy mess.

“She lost everything -- furniture, clothes, my son’s art work from kindergarten -- it’s all gone,” McClay said.

As Friday nears, a great change in the weather is in store, according to Severe Weather Center 11 Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper.

Cropper said high pressure will build and bring plenty of sunshine with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.