(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2013 City officials urge residents to be prepared for the possibility of widespread severe weather later this evening and into early tomorrow. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a high probability of dangerous storms that may hit the Pittsburgh area, causing the potential for flash flooding and winds of up to 65 MPH.
"We urge residents to err on the side of caution, stay indoors and check on your elderly neighbors and family,” Mayor Ravenstahl said, “As always, stay tuned to local media and your national weather radio for new developments.”
Both public safety and public works departments have added additional personnel, and public safety has directed the prepositioning of units and equipment.
"We are prepared to respond to a worst possible storm scenario, but we need the public to help us by exercising extreme caution,” said Public Safety Director Huss. “Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and power lines,".
All 2,000-plus public safety employees have completed the City's Swift Water Rescue Training program. The new initiative better prepares public safety personnel on how to stay safe and make rescues during flashflood situations. In addition, the program equips every first responder with throw bags and adds more boats to flood-prone areas, among other strategies.
In the interest of public safety, various Citiparks events have been cancelled for this evening. A full list is available at pittsburghpa.gov. Those planning to attend any events this evening, such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival, are asked to follow any emergency safety instructions provided by event staff and/or City public safety officials.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687