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Penn Hills parks closed after heavy rains cause flooding, downed trees

Two days of steady rain is causing flooding and swollen rivers around Western Pa. This is Girty’s Run along Babcock Boulevard in Ross on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

All four Penn Hills parks are closed for the day due to minor flooding and downed trees, said parks director John Scaglione.

He hopes to reopen all parks by Tuesday.

“It’s just a precautionary move by us,” he said, adding that he has never closed all the parks at the same time in his 10 years as director.

“It’s not normal for us to get 6 inches of rain in two days,” Scaglione said.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon dumped more than 6 inches of rain across the region since Saturday, with more continuing through Monday. The National Weather Services predicted up to another half-inch of rain from 5 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald declared a disaster emergency Monday afternoon and five municipalities in the county have declared disasters.

Penn Hills Park at 120 Colorado Street had minor flooding from Plum Creek and other parks had downed trees as of Monday morning, he said. He expects public works staff to work on removing debris from downed trees by this week.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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