Mother, Two Daughters from Plum Drown During Flash Flooding on Friday

Plum School District to hold grief counseling sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

A Plum woman and her two daughters died on Friday during flash flooding on Washington Boulevard in Pittsburgh.

Kimberly Griffith and her young daughters Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, were found dead inside a vehicle along Washington Boulevard—near Allegheny River Boulevard—after water rose up to nine feet on the road due to several rain storms.

According to WPXI, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss said the three victims were unable to escape their vehicle, which was completely submerged and pinned to a tree.

An unidentified elderly woman also was found dead.

According to a statement on the Plum School District website, grief counseling sessions for students and families will be held on Monday and Tuesday at , , and .

"The Plum Borough School District extends our deepest sympathy to the Griffith family," the statement read. "In the days and weeks to come, we will remain attentive and responsive to the needs that emerge from this tragedy as we attempt to cope with this loss."

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Heidi Dezayas August 21, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Kimberly Griffith worked as a health aide in the Penn Hills School District. According to the district website, she also accompanied several elementary students on district field trips. Superintendent Thomas K. Washington issued the following statement: "I would like to express our sadness over the recent tragedy involving a member of the Penn Hills School District family. My deepest sympathies go out to the family. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”


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