Overnight flooding causes damage in Westmoreland, Fayette counties


Parts of Westmoreland and Fayette counties experienced rising waters and flooding overnight Sunday as showers and storms moved through western Pennsylvania.

The majority of the flooding concerns impacted roads, but some homes had water in their basements.

Emergency dispatchers said flooding in Westmoreland County primarily affected southern portions of the county.

In Smithton Borough, flooding occurred in the area of the former Jones Brewing Company on Second Street. Officials said about 20 weather-related incidents were reported.


Other areas where flooding was reported include North Belle Vernon and South Huntingdon Township.

Crews were called to Eureka Hill Road in South Huntingdon Township for a landslide. Debris ended up next to train tracks below, but did not disrupt train traffic.

As flooding reports came in, fire departments in several communities were prepared to pump water from basements and assist with road closures.

One woman’s basement in Smithton Borough needed to be pumped four times because of water as high as three feet.

“She was washing clothes for needy kids for up at their church. She was helping wash the clothes and it all got ruined,” Becky Musgrove, the woman’s mother, said.



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