Fox Chapel releases staggering clean-up costs from summer flooding
Fox Chapel officials this week released costs associated with July 2 flooding that washed away part of the Squaw Run trail and deposited piles of debris at McCahill Park.
Manager Gary Koehler said more than $400,000 was spent this summer on disaster cleanup.
“The borough experienced severe damage to roads and parks caused by flooding and landslides,” Koehler said.
The three-day rain event caused significant flooding along Squaw Run Road, leading to twisted guide rails, portions of trail washed away and several inches of rocks and mud landing at McCahill Park.
Hunt Road was blocked by downed trees and at least five fallen phone poles, which were removed by the public works crew. Members of the department also back-filled road and bridge edges throughout the borough to make them safe for travel.
Koehler said a landslide below Old Mill Road has yet to be repaired.
“The borough would like to commend the public works department on a phenomenal job, diligently working night and day to clear roads of debris and trees, repairing drainage systems that were washed away and reopening roads as quickly as possible,” Koehler said. “It took several weeks for them to get a handle on repairing all the damage from the storms while also needing to get roadways prepped for paving.”
Koehler said the summer road improvement program was delayed but Youngblood Paving has begun milling roads and work is expected to continue through October, weather permitting, to complete the project.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.