SUGAR GROVE, Pa. (WKBN) – Those in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys dealt with a wet weekend and rising water, as continuous rain throughout the day Sunday dumped one to two inches of rain in some areas.
After 24 hours of steady rain, flood warnings popped up in Trumbull County on Monday, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed roads in Mercer County due to flooding.
Water covered part of Methodist Road in Sugar Grove Township in Mercer County, Pa. Officials said Methodist is one of those roads that floods often, but PennDOT has taken precautions by closing the road.
“You just expect it. I’ve lived here since ’77, so it’s just a fact of life, you know, you put up with what there is,” said John Urey, who travels Methodist Road a couple times a day.
Urey said the water has subsided quite a bit — that’s why he decided to drive through it on Monday — but when it’s high, he just takes the bi-pass around.
PennDOT officials said the road would remain closed until the water on the road decreases.
“When we get these heavy rains and quick downpours, we do have flooding areas and we’ll close the roads until we deem them necessary to reopen. A crew will be out doing an inspection. We just ask the public to use caution,” said Darrell Chapman, PennDOT acting maintenance manager for Mercer County.
Chapman said, with more rain on its way, drivers can expect some more road closures. He suggested that drivers give themselves extra time and remember the golden rule: turn around, don’t drown.
“The flow of water going across the road could wash a car off the roadway,” he said. “It could cause damage to the roadway, and it’s unseen until the water goes down.”