Heavy rains flood Blair County

Mirror photo by Sean Sauro / Floodwaters reach the steps of a home along Municipal Drive, just past the Allegheny Township Municipal Building, on Friday evening. To see video of the flooding, please visit www.altoonamirror.com.

A downpour Friday afternoon left basements and roadways flooded in parts of Blair County.

Fire crews and police were called out in Logan and Allegheny townships after heavy rains that hit the area after 4 p.m. submerged some portions of roadways, including Route 36 in Lakemont and Mill Run Road in Allegheny Township.

“The volume of rain in a very short period of time led to flooding on Route 36 in Lakemont, near the construction project, causing the road to be shut down temporarily” Logan Town­ship Emergency Manage­ment Coordinator Jeff Blake said Friday. Blake said PennDOT would be called in to check the inlets on the road for clogging.

The Willowbrook Village mobile home park in Allegheny Township also experienced flooding, as did nearby Mill Run Road and Maple Hollow Road, according to 911 radio reports.

A report of a mudslide on Convention Center Boule­vard turned out to be unfounded, according to Allegheny Township police.

Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Todd Glunt said the Cross Keys Village mobile home park and the area around Municipal Drive and Spring Meadow Drive was flooded.

A resident told the Mirror that flooding is common, and about two years ago a storm produced knee-deep high water, so Friday’s was less severe.

Firefighters and fire police were busy directing traffic until the waters receded in the problem areas of the county.

National Weather Ser­vice meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald said areas just south of Altoona were hit hardest by the rain, with between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain falling in a short time.

A chance of rain was expected through midnight Friday with more showers and thunderstorms expected today, while Sunday and Monday are expected to be drier with temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s, Fitzgerald said.

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