After the Aug. 19 flood on Washington Boulevard that killed three Plum residents and one Oakmont resident, Pittsburgh Public Safety will create a water-rescue team.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Almost four months ago, four area residents drowned during a flash flood on Washington Boulevard in Highland Park. Now, City of Pittsburgh officials are planning to train all public safety personnel in water-rescue techniques. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, about 2,000 police officers, firefighters and paramedics will be trained to respond to emergencies, such as the Aug. 19 flood that killed Kimberly Griffith of Plum and her two young daughters, Brenna and Mikaela; as well as Mary Saflin of Oakmont. About 180 employees also will make up newly-established water-rescue teams at nine fire and emergency medical services stations near waterways, and at the Zone 5 police station on Washington Boulevard, according to…
The estimated $450,000 project will install three automated gate systems and advanced warning signs in the area.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Work to install an advanced notification flood gate system on Washington Boulevard (Route 8) in Pittsburgh will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25 weather permitting. The estimated $450,000 project will install three automated gate systems at the following locations: Five advanced warning signs will also be installed at the following locations: The system will use pressure sensors that automatically close the gates and activate the warning signs when a pre-determined amount of water is detected on the roadway. When the system activates, it will also notify the appropriate emergency response personnel. The effort came about after an Aug. 19 flood on Washington Boulevard that killed four people—Kimberly Griffith of Plum and her two daughters, Brenna …