City imposes state of emergency, curfew due to flooding

A western Pennsylvania city has declared a state of emergency due to flooding that dumped more than 5 inches of rain on the area within two hours

The Connellsville, Pa. mayor has declared a state of emergency.

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania city has declared a state of emergency due to flooding that dumped more than 5 inches of rain on the area within two hours on Sunday night.

Connellsville Mayor Greg Lincoln made the declaration and the city council imposed a 7:30 p.m. curfew for certain areas due to lack of electricity, looting and impassable roads.

Lincoln says at least a dozen people have been rescued in the Fayette County city since late Sunday.

The Connellsville Area School District was closed Monday and its doors will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania says they don’t know how many people have been displaced by flooding. The organization is setting up a base at the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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