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Short-lived downpour floods Vandergrift streets, homes

July 27, 2018

A roughly 20-minute downpour inundated several Vandergrift homes and streets with stormwater Wednesday, spurring temporary road closures as first-responders braced for possible flash flood emergencies, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of major injuries or accidents attributed to the weather.

The hardest bout of rainfall came shortly before 6 p.m. and was soon followed by concerned drivers reporting hazards and dangerous conditions, Vandergrift No. 1 fire Chief Randy Dunmire said.

Among the temporarily flooded areas: Washington and Sherman avenues; Washington and Custer avenues; and Franklin Avenue and Walnut Street.

“We has several calls for flooded roadways,” Dunmire said. “The police had the intersections blocked off, and we went to assist them and clear some debris from the storm drains.”

Meanwhile, Vandergrift No. 2 firefighters responded to several residences along Emerson Avenue between Hancock Avenue and Wallace Street whose basements flooded during the brief but heavy rainfall.

A few scattered showers followed the major downpour and continued until shortly after 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service forecasts a partly sunny Thursday with a high of 84.

Following a potentially stormy Friday, temps are expected to dip into the upper 70s throughout a mostly clear-skied weekend.