In The Run


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.

Here are some pictures from Sunday, taken by Justin Macey.  Of course there are many, many more pictures and pretty dramatic video clips as well.

Keep in mind that this flooding is not just water but also sewage.

In the photos below, a father and son were stranded in their car as the floodwaters rose. Firefighters arrived to rescue them and were soon up to their axles as well.

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)

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)

Another view of the flood.

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

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

And here’s one source of the floodwater.

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)

 

(photos by Justin Macey)


When It Rains Hard, The Run Floods

What happens in The Run (lower Greenfield) when it rains hard?

On June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh got more than half an inch of rain in 15 minutes — and nearly an inch in 24 hours.  This was too much for the combined sewer system that carries both storm water and sewage. The sewers made geysers in The Run.

Patrick Gula recorded the video above. Tommy D’Andrea took photos.

The Sewer Geyser begins underneath the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser begins, 16 June 2016, under the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Yow!  This has to be fixed.

 

(photos by Tommy D’Andrea, video by Patrick Gula)