Rain, Melt, High Water

Snow melt from unseasonably warm temperatures combined with rainfall over the weekend caused closure of a number of state roads around the region due to flooding.

In Warren County, the Davey Hill Road/East Main Street portion of Rt. 3007 near Pittsfield was amongst the roads listed as closed due to flooding in a Monday morning Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) release. The closure applied to through traffic and extended from Rt. 27 to Old Garland Road due to flooding at the crossing of Brokenstraw Creek.

Erie and Crawford counties also experienced closures.

In Erie County, Rt. 6 was closed to through traffic from Rt. 19 in LeBoeuf Township to Main Street in Mill Village Borough and the Cherry Hill Road segment of Rt. 3002 was restricted to a single lane from Knapp Road to Rt. 6 in Conneaut Township.

In Crawford County, the Miller Station Road segment of Rt. 1016 was closed to through traffic from Rt. 6 in Cambridge Township to Miller Hill Road in Rockdale Township, the Wilson Shute Road segment of Rt. 2008 was closed to through traffic from Heckman Road in Union Township to Rt. 322 in West Mead Township, the Mystic Park/Weed Street segment of Rt. 1011 was closed to through traffic from Stroup Road to Dutch Street in Steuben Township, the Main Street segment of Rt. 3021 was closed to through traffic from Church Street in Greenwood Township to Rt. 19 in Union Township, the Spring Street segment of Rt. 2034 was closed to through traffic from Lincoln Avenue to Baldwin Street in Meadville and the Sparta Street/Fish Flats Road segment of Rt. 1041 was closed to all traffic from Garland Street in Centerville to White Road in Rome Township.

“Falling temperatures could turn standing water on roadways to ice, and motorists are urged to slow down and drive carefully,” the PennDOT release said. “Roadway conditions can change rapidly, and motorists are asked to obey all posted signs and be alert for signs and/or personnel at closed and posted roadways.”

An updated PennDOT release from Wednesday afternoon no longer had the Davey Hill Road closing listed.

PennDOT personnel could not be reached for further comment on the closing.

The National Weather Services (NWS) urges motorists and pedestrians to avoid travel on flooded roadways through its “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” campaign.

“Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard,” according to the NWS website. “The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or ear flood waters.Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

“The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.

“If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.”