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This week in the space of 40 hours — Feb 14, 4:30pm to Feb 16, 9:50am — the Pittsburgh region received 2.5+ inches of rain. At first it flooded creeks and streams. Now it’s in the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.
Since I live near the Mon River I went down to Duck Hollow to see what it looked like. In video below from Friday morning 16 Feb, the island of treetops in Thursday’s photo had disappeared.
Today (Saturday) the rivers are even higher and I don’t have to visit them to find out. The PennDOT traffic cams tell the story.
In Downtown Pittsburgh there’s a stretch of I-376 westbound called “The Bathtub” that dips into the Mon River flood zone. Last month it was the site of exciting river rescues when two people drove their vehicles into it as the water was rising. Click here to see a Live Video of the rescues.
This morning The Bathtub is full, as shown in before-and-after photos from the PennDOT traffic cam: Yesterday (Feb 16) on the left, today (Feb 17) on the right, both at 7:20am.
The Allegheny is flooding, too, at the 10th Street Bypass.
All of this is “Minor” flooding in Pittsburgh per the National Weather Service. (Flooding on the Youghiogheny River in Sutersville nearly reached the “Major” stage last night. It’s receding now.)
Later this morning I’ll go down to Duck Hollow and see what’s up. The water’s up for sure!
UPDATES: Saturday Feb 17 & Sunday Feb 18.
The Monongahela River crested around mid morning on Sat. February 17 and started to go down a little by noon.
17 Feb 2018, 9:30am: I saw small fish swimming in the parking lot! Two Canada geese float by beyond the guardrail.
No parking today!
17 Feb 2018, 12:11pm: The water has started to recede, though not by much.
18 Feb 2018, 6:00am: The Bathtub on I-376 and the 10th Street Bypass are still closed due to flooding. The water is about 1/3 to 1/2 gone.
(Duck Hollow photos and videos by Kate St. John. Traffic cam snapshots from PennDOT)