Pittsburgh Flash Flood Leaves 4 Dead

Water rose above car roofs after heavy rains
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2011 10:35 AM CDT
3 Dead, 1 Missing After Flash Floods in Pittsburgh
Romy Connolly is lifted from a rescue boat in Pittsburgh on Friday.   (AP Photo/Tribune Review, Chris Langer)

A mother and her two daughters, ages 8 and 12, were drowned in their car yesterday when a flash flood overwhelmed a Pittsburgh neighborhood. Another victim, a 70-year-old woman, was found dead today. The Post-Gazette offers a wrenching detail: Rescuers in a boat floated right above the three victims in the car, unaware they were below, as they helped another motorist.

"The bottom of the boat didn't even scrape against the top of the car, to give you an idea of the depth we're talking about," said a city official. A storm dumped huge amounts of rain on the city around rush hour, on top of another storm earlier in the day, notes AP. Manhole covers popped along Washington Avenue, which runs along the Allegheny River, and water rushed along at 9 feet in places. (Read more Pittsburgh stories.)

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