- Evacuations were underway near Pittsburgh as floodwaters rose Wednesday morning.
- Several school buses were stranded in the flooding in the area.
- Water rescues were reported in Pittsburgh as drivers became stranded on flooded roads.
Cars and buses were stranded in floodwaters Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania as torrential rain sent travel conditions downhill rapidly in the Northeast.
The remnants of what was once Hurricane Ida have combined with a stalled front, dumping heavy rain that has triggered this flooding across the region.
“Tropical moisture from what is left of Ida will combine with a front Wednesday, resulting in the potential for extreme rainfall,” said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. “Heavy rainfall combined with already saturated ground increases the concern for significant flooding.”
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Here are the latest updates on this developing situation; Check back frequently for more information.
Evacuations Underway Northeast, Southwest of Pittsburgh
Officials ordered some residents to evacuate as floodwaters rose in the town of Bridgeville, southwest of Pittsburgh. The evacuation order affected people who live on Baldwin Street and McLaughlin Run, according to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department.
Swift water teams were entering the area to assist with evacuations, county officials said. A disaster emergency was also declared in the borough by Mayor Betty Copeland.
Northeast of Pittsburgh, Valley High School was evacuated and students were sent home Wednesday morning in New Kensington, according to a local report.
School Buses Stranded in Flooding With Children Aboard Near Pittsburgh
At least two school buses were stranded in floodwaters Wednesday morning in Allegheny County, not far from Pittsburgh. In Stowe Township, a bus with eight children aboard was stuck on a flooded road, but rescue crews safely removed the children from the bus and they were safely transported to their school, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In another instance, a bus that was carrying kids was stranded on a flooded Seavey Road in Shaler Township. Those children were also safely rescued, according to local reports.
Water Rescues Reported in Pittsburgh; Flood Gates Activated
Pittsburgh Public Safety said numerous water rescues were needed Wednesday morning as drivers became stranded in floodwaters. Roads were flooded and the flood gates were activated along Washington Boulevard as flooding worsened.
2 Unaccounted For After Overnight Flooding in Rockville, Maryland
Hundreds of people were displaced and crews continued to search for two people who were unaccounted for after overnight flooding in Rockville, Maryland, north of Washington D.C. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein told WJLA.com that the water rose so high in some units at the Rock Creek Woods Apartments, it reached the ceiling and knocked out the power, likely for days.
Down the street, several units at the Congressional Towers Apartments also had severe flooding that rose quickly in the middle of the night.
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