As Pittsburgh’s rivers recede, roads reopen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The region’s rivers were receding Saturday and roads were reopening after rain and melting snow caused some flooding.

Saturday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reopened portions of the Parkway North and East, including the area known as the bathtub, as the flooding subsided.

The southbound ramp on I-279 from the Fort Duquesne Bridge to eastbound I-376 had also been closed but now has reopened.

But the 10th Street Bypass remained closed.

The Ohio River crested at 22.93 feet Friday afternoon and has slowly been receding since, according to data collected by the National Weather Service in Moon.

The Ohio floods at 25 feet and as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday had fallen to about 19.5 feet.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority closed the Mon Wharf parking area Friday due to flood concerns, and it will remain closed until further notice, the authority said.

Water levels along the Allegheny River also peaked Friday afternoon and have been falling since. The Monongahela River rose slightly due to the weather, but mostly stayed near its average level of about 12 feet.

Source: As Pittsburgh’s rivers recede, roads reopen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Water main break closes road in Bethel Park

A large water main break has closed a road in Bethel Park Monday morning.

Bethel Church Road at Logan Road is shut down due to the water main break.

The break was reported just before 5 a.m.

Rushing water was seen coming up from the ground.

Police said it is not known when the road will reopen.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has reached out to Pennsylvania American Water to see how many customers are impacted.

Source: Water main break closes road in Bethel Park

More Natural Disasters Are Not Occurring: UN Study Contradicts Widely Held Idea

A new UN report on climate change undercuts the hysteria surrounding the issue by documenting a marked decline in weather-related deaths.

In fact, the World Meteorological Organization’s “Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2019)” shows a slight decrease in the number of weather disasters over the last decade and a major decrease in weather-related deaths over a half-century time period.

That’s all the more encouraging given the number of weather-related disasters to hit the world has increased five-fold over the past 50 years, according to the WMO report.

Source: More Natural Disasters Are Not Occurring: UN Study Contradicts Widely Held Idea

44 Dead As Flash Floods Hit New York Area In “Historic” Weather Event

 

New York, United States: 

Flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed at least 44 people in the New York area overnight into Thursday, including several who perished in basements during the “historic” weather event officials blamed on climate change.

Record rainfall, which prompted an unprecedented flash flood emergency warning for New York City, turned streets into rivers and shut down subway services as water cascaded down platforms onto tracks.

“I’m 50 years old and I’ve never seen that much rain ever,” said Metodija Mihajlov whose basement of his Manhattan restaurant was flooded with three inches of water.

“It was like living in the jungle, like tropical rain. Unbelievable. Everything is so strange this year,” he told AFP.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at LaGuardia and JFK airports, as well as at Newark, where video showed a terminal inundated by rainwater.

“We’re all in this together. The nation is ready to help,” President Joe Biden said ahead of a trip Friday to the southern state of Louisiana, where Ida earlier destroyed buildings and left more than a million homes without power.

Source: 44 Dead As Flash Floods Hit New York Area In “Historic” Weather Event

Ida collapses Mississippi road; kills 2, injures at least 10 – ABC News

Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured after a roadway collapsed in Mississippi on Monday night

LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when seven vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a dark, rural highway collapsed as Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.

Torrential rain may have caused the collapse Monday night, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them had disappeared, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Cal Robertson said. The George County Sheriff’s Department received the first call about a crash at about 10:30 p.m.

Source: Ida collapses Mississippi road; kills 2, injures at least 10 – ABC News

Tennessee flooding leaves 21 people dead and around 20 others missing – CNN

(CNN)At least 21 people are confirmed dead while about 20 others remain missing after severe flooding that swept through Humphreys County in Middle Tennessee, local officials said.

“We’ve experienced devastating loss of life over the last couple days,” Grant Gillespie, the police and fire chief of Waverly, Tennessee, said in a news conference Sunday evening.
Twenty of those killed in the flooding Saturday were confirmed dead within the city of Waverly, the county seat, a news release from the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency said. One other was confirmed dead elsewhere in the county.
Local officials revised the number of missing down from an earlier count of 45. Gillespie explained the figure was high because the storm had knocked out cell service, making it difficult for people to reach their loved ones.
In a separate news conference in Nashville, Gov. Bill Lee described a “tremendous loss of life” in Waverly, with “homes washed off their foundations, cars strewn around the community.”
“It is a devastating picture of loss and heartache,” he said.
The director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said his agency had confirmed 16 fatalities but acknowledged the discrepancy with local authorities, saying it was due to the state’s validation process.
“You might see a discrepancy in numbers sometimes, what’s coming from the sheriff or what’s coming from our official reports, and it’s really just a matter of process,” Director Patrick Sheehan said. “What we know is there are a number of people still missing.”

Source: Tennessee flooding leaves 21 people dead and around 20 others missing – CNN

Deadly flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions | China | The Guardian

Unusually heavy rains and massive flooding have hit China’s Henan province, bursting the banks of rivers, overwhelming the public transport system and upending the lives of tens of millions.

Twelve people have been killed in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, where more than 20cm (7.8in) of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday. About 100,000 people have been moved to shelters, state media Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing local government. The rainfall shut the city’s subway system, leaving passengers trapped in waist-high water.

From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan, one of China’s most populous provinces with 94 million people, reported rainfall exceeding 5cm. Among the stations 1,614 registered levels above 10cm and 151 above 25cm, the authorities said.

Footage on China’s social media show the world-renowned Shaolin Temple, known for martial arts, as well as other cultural sites, badly affected. Hundreds of trapped residents in Henan called for help online as flooding cut electricity to their homes.

Source: Deadly flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions | China | The Guardian

41 killed in landslides and floods in Indonesia; dozens missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Landslides and flash floods from torrential rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 41 people and displaced thousands, the country’s disaster relief agency said Sunday. More than two dozen others were still missing.

Mud tumbled down from surrounding hills onto dozens of homes in Lamenele village shortly after midnight on Adonara island in East Nusa Tenggara province. Rescuers recovered 35 bodies and at least five injured, said Lenny Ola, who heads the local disaster agency.

Flash flooding killed at least six people elsewhere, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Relief efforts were hampered by power cuts, blocked roads covered in thick mud and debris as well as the remoteness of the area surrounded by choppy seas and high waves, said the agency’s spokesperson, Raditya Jati.

Source: 41 killed in landslides and floods in Indonesia; dozens missing

Tennessee flash flooding leaves 4 dead, forces rescues for trapped residents | Fox News

Major flash flooding overnight in central Tennessee left four people dead with numerous people trapped by rising waters, authorities said.

A man was found in a submerged car near a creek, Fox 17 Nashville reports. Another man was found on a golf course after police say he may have left his vehicle and been swept away. Another man and a woman were found near a homeless camp.

Accounts included reports of emergency responders assisting people at apartment complexes and drivers traveling along flooded area roadways.

Source: Tennessee flash flooding leaves 4 dead, forces rescues for trapped residents | Fox News

Substantial water main break shuts down Pittsburgh road

What Pittsburgh Public Safety described as a substantial water main break has closed a local road.

The 500 block of Parkwood Road was closed due to the break, which happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Penn-American Water is responding and, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety, engineers will be called in to assess the damage to the road at Parkwood Road and Mountain Avenue.

Police were on the scene to redirect traffic.

Source: Substantial water main break shuts down Pittsburgh road

PHOTO GALLERY | ’17 feet deep’: Johnstown’s 1936 flood claimed 25 lives, brought federal response | News | tribdem.com

Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, the Tuesday, March 17, 1936 edition of The Johnstown Tribune foreshadowed a historic tragedy in the city.

Source: PHOTO GALLERY | ’17 feet deep’: Johnstown’s 1936 flood claimed 25 lives, brought federal response | News | tribdem.com

Motorist rescued after driving SUV into Slate Run in Hempfield | TribLIVE

 

Firefighters helped to rescue a man who drove his vehicle off a South Greensburg road and traveled about 50 yards before getting stuck in the fast-moving Slate Run in Hempfield on Wednesday afternoon.

Midway-St. Clair Fire Chief Rich Kepple said they assisted the driver out of his vehicle, which had water about halfway-up the front door. The driver, who was not identified, was talking to firefighters while inside the vehicle. The accident was reported at about 4:25 p.m., a Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety supervisor said.

The driver was taken to Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg for observation, Kepple said.

Source: Motorist rescued after driving SUV into Slate Run in Hempfield | TribLIVE

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