Floodgates fail during flash flooding

After large amounts of rain hit the Pittsburgh Area, the floodgates in the East End failed to operate during a flash flood.

Originally installed in 2012, the $400,000 operation is supposed to prevent traffic from traveling down the roads when the area is flooding.

Although flash flooding occurred Sunday night, the the warning lights did not flash, the floodgates did not come down and two cars became overcome by water. The Post-Gazette reports police were able to rescue the people in the vehicles.

“I was in up to my neck,” Officer Andre Wright told the P-G.

Although no one was seriously hurt yesterday, four people were killed in this area in 2011 during a flash flood.




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