DeLuca calls for state of emergency across Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH, July 11 – Citing severe flooding and torrential rainfall across the county, state Rep. Tony DeLuca is calling upon Penn Hills Mayor Sara Kuhn and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to declare a state of emergency in Allegheny County.

DeLuca, D-Allegheny, noted that more rain is to come, with the National Weather Service calling for the possibility of an afternoon line of storms that could yield heavy rain, small hail and strong winds.

A flash flood warning has been issued across the county until 8 p.m. However, DeLuca said much damage has already been done.

“Our roadways are filled with water and our streams are beginning to look like rivers,” DeLuca said. “It’s a mess out here and it’s unsafe to be traveling in these conditions. Due to this, I’m calling upon Mayor Kuhn and County Executive Fitzgerald to declare a state of emergency for Penn Hills and Allegheny County as a whole.”

DeLuca said the emergency declaration would allow the county to receive assistance from both the state and federal emergency management agencies, both of which would provide much-needed assistance to county officials as they work to clean and clear the roadways and monitor the ongoing flooding across the region.