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.
A father and son were trapped in their car on Saline Street as the water rose.
Firefighters arrived to rescue them and were soon up to their axles as well.
The downpour stopped but it took a long time for the water to go down.
(photos by Justin Macey)