Mom, Kids Die In Pittsburgh Floods
August 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A fast-moving flash flood killed a woman and her two children Friday in Pittsburgh as storms dumped inches of rain on the city, authorities said.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said at an evening news conference that a 70-year-old woman was missing, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Drivers described the water rising around their cars in the worst-hit area on Washington Boulevard. Bob Bailey, 79, of Penn Hills said he was rescued by emergency workers in a boat as he stood on the roof of his sport utility vehicle deciding whether to try to swim to safety.
“The water came up so fast,” said Tara Howes of Pine, who also had to be pulled from her car roof.
Rihaan Gangat of the National Weather Service said the storms moved slowly, contributing to the heavy rainfall.
“It was a big dump of rain,” he said. “We had a slow-moving front that came through and caused these thunderstorms with a lot of rain within an hour. Multiple inches, very heavy rain, causing flooding. Not so much wind damage, but some hail reports.”
Thousands of homes and businesses were without power along with parts of the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon and Carlow universities. Hospitals in the UP system switched to backup power.