Weekend downpour causes flash flooding; more rain on the way

RICHARD YOUNG | Allied NewsHeavy rain caused roughly five feet of water to accumulate at the underpass on Harvard Street in Grove City Sunday. Grove City police said flooding has happened in this location before, such high levels have not been reached in recent memory. Police added that the driver of the pictured vehicle was not injured, and got stuck while trying to maneuver through the underpass as flood levels rose.

GROVE CITY – Heavy rains over the weekend caused flooding in parts of Grove City, leaving a vehicle trapped in high water.

“We had pretty significant flooding all over the borough,” said Cpl. Michael Allias of the Grove City Police Department.

Emergency service providers handled reports of flooded basements and flash flooding throughout the day Sunday. The flooding was most severe in the area of Harvard Street near the railroad overpass.

Allias said an unidentified motorist in a minivan tried about 3 p.m. to drive through water that had collected under the overpass, but the high water disabled the vehicle.

The driver said the water was a few feet deep at first but increased to about 4 feet. The driver made it out of the vehicle OK, and the van was towed later Sunday after the water receded.

The roadway in front of the police station, at 337 E. Pine St., was also briefly flooded, Allias said.

There were no reports of injuries or power outages, and he said it seemed that the storm sewers were overwhelmed by the heavy rain.

While there were no rainfall reports out of Grove City on Sunday, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh reported rainfall of 2.2 inches in Slippery Rock, 0.67 in Mercer, 0.44 in Greenville and 0.13 inches in Sandy Lake.

The weather service relies on residents with rain gauges and designated storm spotters to report precipitation, said Myranda Fullerton, a meteorologist.

“It really helps us out,” she said.

People can visit the NWS Pittsburgh page at www.weather.gov/pbz and click on the link under “News Headlines” to report downed trees, flooding, rainfall, and other weather information.

Residents can also sign up to become an observer for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS. That link can also be found under “News Headlines.”

And more rain is on the way, Fullerton said.

The forecast for the Grove City area includes the possibility of storms this afternoon into this evening as a cold front moves in. Temperatures will reach nearly 90 degrees during the day.

Rain and storms are predicted for Thursday with up to 0.75 inches of precipitation.

Friday and Saturday will likely be dry with rain returning on Sunday, she said.