Flood in The Run, August 28


Flash flood caused by sewer overflow in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

On Sunday evening, 28 August 2016, a stationary thunderstorm dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain in the Pittsburgh area causing combined sewer overflow and flash floods in a number of neighborhoods.  The Run, in lower Greenfield, was particularly hard hit.

Ray Gerard sent photos by Justin Macey and wrote:

As you may have heard, this past Sunday’s rainstorm brought a great deal of flooding to The Run again. Many folks cars were underwater, two people (1 adult & 1 child) had to be rescued by firefighters, and for some long term residents living near St John Chrysostom Church, for the first time in their memory, inches of water came up through their basement floors/sewers. This has traditionally been one of a couple of small areas devoid of water damage when it floods, due to a bit of higher ground.

The flood of rain + sewage gushed up from the sewers.

Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

A father and son were trapped in their car on Saline Street as the water rose.

Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Firefighters arrived to rescue them and were soon up to their axles as well.

Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

The downpour stopped but it took a long time for the water to go down.

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

(photos by Justin Macey)