Flooding Shuts Down Route 28 South on Thursday Afternoon

Crews worked to handle hundreds of thousands of gallons of water pouring from the hillside onto Route 28 South just below the Harmar exit. (submitted)

Armstrong County residents who had to go to Pittsburgh yesterday found themselves in a virtual parking lot for hours as morning rain caused extensive flooding along Route 28.

Barricades were first set up at the Harmar exit re-routing traffic onto Freeport Road. Flooding was so heavy that water and debris spilled down onto Freeport Road from Route 28 between the Harmar exit and RIDC Park.

Traffic was reportedly stalled for more than two hours at the approach to the 31st Street Bridge. Flooding between the 31st Street Bridge and the 40th Street Bridge made it necessary to exit all southbound Route 28 traffic over the 31st Street Bridge onto Butler Street.

The National Weather Service meteorologists forecast sunshine for the weekend.

Traffic was backed up for more than two hours as Route 28 traffic was detoured over the 31st Street Bridge due to flooding between the 31st Street and 40th Street bridges.