Officials say Pa. dam could burst

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania county has declared a disaster emergency and the American Red Cross is assisting residents in several counties following flooding due to heavy rains.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Monday the county had seen more than six inches of rain since Saturday — and more is expected.

He says “In addition to flooding, we’re also seeing landslides, power outages, road closures and other emergency situations.”

Meanwhile, residents living downstream from a western Pennsylvania dam were being urged to evacuated.

The Westmoreland County emergency management agency issued the warning for residents downstream of Lower Ridge Dam in Derry Township.

Derry borough posted a warning telling people to “evacuate the area within the McGee Run stream valley” and said the warning “mainly affects those residents adjacent to McGee run.

Those needing shelter were advised to go to the Derry high school.