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EMS Flood Response Unit Responds to Flooded Roadway

Date: May 29, 2019
Incident Type: Swift Water Rescue
Location: Zone 1

Pittsburgh EMS Flood Response Unit rescued one person from a vehicle when it got stuck in high water on Rt. 28 near the 40th Street Bridge.

First Responders closed all lanes of Rt. 28 between the 31st and 40th Street Bridges around 6:30 pm after about 30 inches of water ran off a hillside and pooled in the roadway.

The stranded motorist was not injured. The motorist’s vehicle had to be towed.

Northbound lanes were reopened around 8:30 p.m. Southbound lanes remain closed as PennDOT crews clear debris from the roadway.

Pittsburgh Police Commander Mike Pilyih said “the operation was an excellent collaboration and showed quick coordination between Pittsburgh Flood Response, Pittsburgh Police and Fire, Millvale Police and Fire and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department.”


Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri