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Man Climbs Through Roof of Car After Streets Run Flood

Part of Streets Run Road to be closed until about 8:30 p.m.

Witnesses say that a man climbed through the sunroof of his car near Chapon's Greenhouses in Baldwin Borough on Thursday evening after Streets Run Road was flooded by rainfall.

Streets Run Road has been closed from about a half-mile north of Chapon's to the intersection of Streets Run and Schuette/Willett roads.

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker said that that part of Streets Run will be closed until approximately 8:30 p.m., when crews are expected to complete the removal of mud and debris from the road.

A Chapon's employee, who was still squirting mud and debris from the Chapon's parking lot as of 7:45 p.m., said that the stuck driver tried to ford a body of water that had pooled in front of the Chapon's lot but simply did not make it.

The employee said that the water was about waist-high.

This same area of Streets Run has been prone to flooding. Read here and here for past examples.

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Paula Lim September 28, 2012 at 04:21 AM
How many times does this have to happen before a life is lost?
cc September 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Agree there. What I want to know is why people who see water on the road still continue to drive though it and then get stuck and have to be rescued. If a road is flooded, why take the risk and continue to drive though it.
amy September 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM
What's going on across the street from Chapons where all of the trees are being cleared?
Robert Edward Healy, III September 28, 2012 at 02:52 PM
amy, I hadn't heard or seen.
Robert Edward Healy, III September 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Is this next to Pittsburgh Mailing?
Piper September 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I believe that is the area Amy is talking about.
Robert Edward Healy, III September 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
If so, the borough manager says that it is a "fill site" for contractor Tomko Inc. The site is half in Baldwin and half in the City of Pittsburgh, he says, and borough officials have been working with the Allegheny County Conservation District to ensure that the proper controls—storm water and erosion/sedimentation—are in place. The site is inspected on a regular basis by the Conservation District, and the borough receives reports of the inspections. The owner does not seem to have any long-range plans for the property, he says.
Jon Wain September 28, 2012 at 08:11 PM
why does an area so close to the river flood.
Margaret French September 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I heard on KDKA news that it is now against the law and a felony if you drive into standing water like that and need to be rescued. It is also points on your drivers license. In defense of that guy though, it might of come through like a tidal wave and he never expected it. That does happen. So we can't judge him. Jon- you are not asking a serious question, are you? Hopefully you are joking.

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