Some of the worst flooding last night hit the Zelienople and Evans City areas, with rainfall rates closing-in on 100 year highs.
Director of Butler County Emergency Services Steve Bicehouse is also the chief of the Evans City Fire Department and was responding to numerous calls during last night’s storm.
“We had multiple trees and wires down in Evans City and Forward Township,” Bicehouse said. “And then the rain just never stopped. We started to develop flash flooding along the Connoquenessing Creek, Breakneck and Glad Run Watersheds.”
Those rising waters ultimately led to some residents needing rescued.
“We water rescue teams dispatched and we did multiple resuces in Forward Township last night and early this morning,” Bicehouse said.
There were also water rescues in Jackson Township according to the Butler County 911 Center.
The flooding resulted in the mayor of Zelienople issuing a state of emergency declaration, after numerous streets were under water.
The National Weather Service says the rainfall rates in the Forward and Jackson Township areas would be expected to return every 60 to 100 years. What does that mean? It means there is about a one to six percent chance that rainfall like this could occur during a given year.
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