Locally heavy rains cause flash floods in W. Pa.

DAISYTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The National Weather Service says locally heavy rains have caused flash flooding in a concentrated area of one southwestern Pennsylvania county.

The service says roughly two inches of rain fell in several areas along U.S. Route 40 in southeastern Washington County from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, with a few isolated downpours of three inches.

That caused creeks to flood in West Pike Run Township, where residents and emergency officials say they haven’t seen flooding for decades.

Other flooding also occurred in communities along state Route 481, which runs through the same area and caused flooding in the village of Coal Center.

The same storm is also being blamed for a mudslide along the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which slowed traffic for a time between Donegal and New Stanton.

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