County declares disaster emergency due to flooding

September 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania county has declared a disaster emergency and the American Red Cross is assisting residents in several counties following flooding due to heavy rains.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Monday the county had seen more than six inches of rain since Saturday — and more is expected.

He says “In addition to flooding, we’re also seeing landslides, power outages, road closures and other emergency situations.” The emergency declaration authorizes county agencies to use all available resources and personnel to deal with the situation.

Gov. Tom Wolf says the state emergency management agency is working with county officials to deal with “the barrage of rain and accompanying flooding.” He says the rain is moving out, but the flood threat will continue through the middle of the week.

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